Creating a healthy respect

Creating a healthy respect

D. Milne

Lothian NHS, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Healthy Respect is the national health demonstration project established to

test out different interventions and approaches in relation to sexual health for

young people. The first phase of the project is complete, a second phase of the

project will commence in 2005. A large part of the work evolves around the

school setting.

Objectives: To deliver a multi-disciplinary programme of sexual health

and relationships education in 10 schools. To establish a drop-in/sexual health

services in schools, community and medical settings. To target key groups of

young people identified as ‘hard to reach’.

Methods: Teachers and school nurses have been trained to deliver SHARE

alongside youth and community workers. Needs assessments with young people have

identified service provision needs and wants, leading to a range of services

being established. Specific work has taken place in deprived areas, targeting

LGBT young people and young men specifically. Results: The link between

education and services is acceptable to young people resulting in young people

who are part of education sessions making the leap to using a local service

provision. The employment of an inreach/outreach nurse has been particularly


Conclusion: Providing linked, improved education, services and

information whilst targeting key groups is resulting in an increase in service


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