Sexability

A sex and relationships course for young people

Sexability helped young people in west and central Scotland make informed choices about sexual health and relationships.

Why Sexability was needed

The 2005 Respect and Responsibility sexual health strategy in Scotland recognised that promoting positive sexual health is a key public health issue. Wider economic, cultural and social influences, particularly social disadvantage and early initiation into sexual activity, can contribute to poor sexual health if they are not addressed.

Young people can find it difficult to navigate decisions they need to make about their sexual health and relationships. To feel confident in making informed choices, they need accurate information about sexual health and a safe space to explore and discuss their decisions.

Who we helped

Sexability worked with groups of young people aged 11–25.

We worked with young people in non-mainstream education as well as vulnerable young people, such as those with emotional or behavioural difficulties, young parents and those with substance misuse issues.

We delivered the project across the west of Scotland, including rural areas and areas of high deprivation.

Project aims and outcomes

We worked with young people to:

  • increase their knowledge and understanding of sexual health
  • encourage their use of local sexual health services
  • equip them with skills, knowledge and confidence to negotiate their sexual health and relationships
  • have a better understanding of consent, healthy relationships and internet safety.

How it worked

The Sexability course was designed to be delivered in a variety of settings, including schools, youth groups and community organisations.

We ran one-off sessions and more in depth courses for groups of young people. Sessions covered a wide range of sexual health and relationships topics, including contraception, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), pregnancy choices, relationships, sexuality and pornography.

We also informed young people how to access sexual health and other relevant services.

Sexability for professionals

Our Sexability team also delivered training for professionals to equip them with the skills needed to deliver Sexability sessions to young people.

Training could be adapted to suit the particular needs of an organisation. Topics covered included:

  • contraception and sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • boundaries
  • values and attitudes
  • groupwork skills.

Funding

Sexability was funded by Scottish Government and the NHS until September 2016. The project is now closed.

Who to contact

To discuss working with FPA as a partner or funder on similar projects contact:

Paul Casey, Head of Programmes
Tel: 020 7608 5277
Email: [email protected]