Advice for parents and carers

Talking to your children about growing up, relationships, sex (and everything else that goes with it) doesn’t have to be difficult.

With a bit of help it can be easy. We have a wealth of tips and advice to give you the confidence and knowledge to talk to your children whatever their age.

Why talking about the facts of life matters

When children can talk to their parents about sex and relationships, they are more ready for puberty, understand more about relationships, and are less likely to do things just because their friends are.

Good relationships and sex education can also:

  • raise the age young people first try out sexual activity
  • cut the rate of teenage pregnancies, abortion and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

You can find lots more information in this section and in our book Speakeasy: Talking to Your Children about Growing Up.

Advice sheets for parents

Our free advice sheets for parents and carers are full of useful advice for talking about relationships and sex. They're available in English and Welsh from the All Wales Sexual Health Network.

More help and advice:

Help! I've never talked about this before How to go about it! Talking with 3-4 year olds Talking with 5-8 year olds Talking with 9-13 year olds Talking with teenagers Single parents If your child has a learning disability Talking about sex from a faith or cultural view Sex in the media