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Relationships and Sex Education – (Parents)

Umbrella provide sexual health services across Birmingham and Solihull.

Respect Yourself (Warwickshire) is aimed at young people – 13 years old and over. All of the content has been requested directly by young people. The site has been developed by Warwickshire County Council’s Respect Yourself Campaign Team in partnership with NHS Warwickshire, Coventry University and with input from young people themselves. The website is a resource that is safe and reliable, where young people can explore issues that are important to them. The site is monitored and supported by professionals who can actually provide the answers and encourage them to take control of their relationships and to move at a pace they are comfortable with.

The Sex Education Forum provide a resource list for parents to support them in their role in providing relationships and sex education for thie children.

Parents are able to purchase a pack from the Family Planning Association to support them in talking to their children about relationships and sex including body changes.

Stonewall have produced a guide for parents/carers entitled So … You think your child is gay? The publication aims to provide answers to frequently asked questions.

Birmingham Parents’ Support Group is dedicated to helping families of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in providing support when a member of their family is gay.

Fflag (Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
FFLAG is a registered charity which offers helplines and regular meetings for parents and their gay, lesbian or bisexual sons and daughters. It provides a network of local parents’ self-help groups and telephone contacts for advice, information and a listening service. It also assists people who wish to tell their parents they are lesbian or gay.
Helpline: 0845 652 0311

Mermaids is a support group for gender variant children and teenagers, and their families. Their goal is to relieve the mental and emotional stress of all persons aged 19 years and under who are in any manner affected by gender identity issues, and their families and to advance public education in the same.

Gendered Intelligence provide and signpost to a range of resources and organisations that support trans young people. They also aim to engage the wider community in understanding the diversity and complexity of gender.

The Kidshealth website provides information about health, behaviour, and development from before birth through the teen years. It has separate sections for parents, children and teenagers.

Easy Health collects together a leaflets produced by MENCAP and other organisations explaining issues relating to sex and bodies in easy to understand terms.

The Autism Sex Education website collects together a range of resources which can support parents (and professionals) talking to children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders about relationships and sex education.

Parents Against Sexual Exploitation (PACE) have produced an online interactive package for parents on the signs of child sexual exploitation. This free tool is designed to equip parents with the information and knowledge to safeguard children from this abuse.

The NSPCC clip, ‘I saw your willy’ is aimed at parents, helping them to keep their children safe online.

The NSPCC PANTS campaign has been designed to help parents to talk simply with their children to protect them from sexual abuse. A key message in the ‘Underwear Rule’ is that body parts covered by underwear are private.

A series of four short films about ‘Nude selfies’ have been produced by Thinkuknow

Lucy Faithfull/Parent’s Protect leaflets for parents helping them to understand: