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Working collaboratively to improve sexual health outcomes
An interactive live-stream session about periods led by Brook expert educators.
Brook and Lil-lets celebrated the fourth year of our ongoing partnership with the Big Period Lesson. The session was aimed at students in years 6 and 7 on the topic of Puberty. More than 57,600 people tuned in to the live broadcast, making this our biggest Live Lesson yet.
Every Roam condom sold, a condom is donated to Brook.
We partnered with Roam on the launch of their new Skin Tone Condoms. For every Skin Tone Condom sold, Roam donates one condom to Brook. The condoms are distributed in local communities by our expert teams, improving the sexual health and wellbeing of those who are at risk of poor health outcomes.
Sexual health advice at UK festivals
Brook and Festival Republic have teamed up on a fantastic project to provide sexual health advice at six major UK festivals over the summer of 2022, 2023 and 2024.
Brook’s attendance at each festival is effectively a large health promotion event, where our team hand out condoms and lube to festivalgoers. We will also be offering advice on safe sex and consent, and signposting to further support and external organisations for further support.
Brook’s Sex Ed Diaries is a podcast series about relationships and sex education in schools.
The series aims to encourage critical thinking and stimulate debate about what good RSE looks like, as well as helping teachers and schools to prepare for mandatory status from September.
Curated by Dr Polly Haste and featuring Brook experts as well as teachers, practitioners, researchers and young people, we unpick the challenges faced by teachers and offer practical solutions.
When it comes to vaginas and vulvas, different is normal. But research shows 65% of 26-35 year olds have a problem using the terms vagina and vulva.
That’s why we teamed up with Canesten to challenge stigma, normalise conversation and empower young people to take charge of, and celebrate, their body and their health. We delivered bespoke education sessions to over 2,400 young people in schools and universities nationwide, and our online campaign reached over 2 million women and girls under 25.
View our online vaginas and vulvas hub
The stigma and shame surrounding periods can be detrimental not only to girls’ mental health but also to their education. Research shows that 49% of girls in the UK have missed a full day of school because of their period.
That’s why Brook has teamed up with Lil-Lets, to tackle period inequality and support professionals delivering puberty sessions to young people. Providing young people with good quality puberty education helps to prepare them for the changes they experience during their transition to adulthood and breaks down harmful taboos.
You can access our full range of online learning courses for free at learn.brook.org.uk
Our Digital Romance research in partnership with NCA’s CEOP revealed how digital technology fundamentally shapes the ways in which young people relate to one another in the arena of romance, sex and relationships.
The research combined interviews, focus groups and a survey of over 2,000 young people aged between 14 and 25 (72% were 14-17 years old). Participants described many benefits to using technology in their love lives, including the opportunities it gave them to meet potential partners, to flirt, to enjoy intimacy, and to get to know someone away from the crowd. 38% of survey participants reported meeting someone first online who they then started seeing, and this was more frequently reported by LGBT young people.
Read the report
Designed by Brook and distributed through the Dig-In database, our survey of 5,649 UK university students is the largest of its kind.
Our research revealed that more than half of UK university students across the country are being exposed to unwanted sexual behaviours such as inappropriate touching, explicit messages, cat-calling, being followed and / or being forced into sex or sexual acts – yet only 8% have reported an offence. We also found that:
Read the summary report here
In September 2019, Brook delivered its first Sexual Health Week as the owners of the national campaign. The theme was relationships, sex and disability.
Our survey findings revealed that young people with a learning disability were missing out on vital RSE due to lack of resources for teachers.
In response we published Sexual Expression, a free 52-page toolkit. In collaboration with Mencap we developed guides to support healthcare professionals, families and carers.
We teamed up with online sexual health provider Fettle and disability charity Enhance the UK to provide over 1,000 STI home-testing kits to disabled people and their partners. We also launched a short film on sex and disability featuring young people, produced as part of a series with IPPF.
Through our three year Let’s talk. Period project in partnership with Plan International UK, we supported young people throughout England with our P-Card scheme, providing a holistic combination of education, period products and tools to manage menstruation.
The project, which was funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Tampon Tax Fund, has enabled us to engage more than 5,370 young women and girls across Bristol, Cornwall, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Sandwell and Teesside. We will continue to deliver our period poverty work directly with local councils from 2020.
In collaboration with the sexual health charity FPA and funded by Durex, we worked with a group of volunteers aged 15-18 to make sure their voices were heard and reflected ahead of the development of the new RSE guidance.
The project report includes ‘The young people’s manifesto: what we want and need from RSE’ which our volunteers presented in parliament, and our 10 best practice RSE case studies from around the country as chosen by young people.