Young people have their say on sexual health

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Young people are being encouraged to have their say about sexual health as part of an online survey launched by young people’s sexual health charity, Brook, to inform government policy.

The survey has been launched as part of a consultation by the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Department of Health and the results will inform the next phase of the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy.

The survey is for all young people aged 11-18 and will ask their thoughts about the information, advice and support that would help them make safe and healthy decisions, as well as their views on sex and relationships education and sexual health/contraceptive services.

Brook, a leading provider of sexual health services and advice for young people under 25, will also be linking to the survey from other young people's websites to get a wide range of young people to participate.

Jules Hillier, Brook’s Director of Communications, said: “We really want young people to take part in the consultation, and we hope that teachers, parents and carers will encourage them to do so. It’s a brilliant way to make sure that when we make policy about young people and sex, we have actually talked to young people first.”

The survey is available on Brook’s website at www. brook.org.uk/haveyoursay. Parents will be able to participate with the consultation via the Parentline Plus website www. gotateenager.org.uk/survey

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