Healthy lives for young people

About education and training at Brook

Brook has been training professionals who work with young people for more than 50 years. Our experienced, skilled staff can deliver off-the-shelf, in-house or bespoke training to a wide range of professionals, parents and carers, at locations across the UK.

We offer a selection of courses designed to help schools prepare for mandatory RSE, as well as a range of full- and half-day courses on specific topics. We also provide education workshops, assemblies and 1-2-1 support for young people.

Our training:

Directly addresses young people’s needs around relationships and sex

Deepens knowledge on key subjects

Provides guidance on how to challenge discrimination around sexuality, race and disability

Helps you to explore your own values, beliefs and religious, moral and ethical dilemmas

Who do we provide training for?

Our professionals training is designed for all adults working with young people including, but not exclusive to:

  • Teachers
  • Youth and community workers
  • Outreach workers
  • Health professionals
  • Social care professionals
  • School nurses
  • Carers
  • Sexual health service providers

We also provide education workshops, assemblies and 1-2-1 support for young people.

What can we provide?

We can provide any of our training programmes, or training on our subject specialisms, through:

In house training for individual or a consortium of organisations

This is training organised directly between Brook and your organisation for your members of staff or a consortium of local organisations. We can arrange it at a time and location which is most suitable for you. Training courses can also be tailored to be bespoke for you.

Open access training across the UK

This is training that any member of the public can book onto and are located across the UK. Each training course will focus on one of our training programmes. This is a great opportunity for you to learn and build relationships with professionals from different locations, backgrounds and fields.

Locally commissioned training

In some areas Brook is commissioned to deliver training to people working with young people in that specific area. This often means we can provide this training to those individuals free of charge. If you do not work in those areas you may be able to pay to attend. 

Conferences

Over the years we have built a great deal of knowledge in our specialisms and are happy to share this with others. We can help inform others at conferences or similar events. If you would like us to be involved in any upcoming events please get in touch.

Our education and wellbeing values

Brook believes that it is every young person’s right to access good quality education to support the development of positive sexual and emotional health, relationships and wellbeing. To support and enable this, it is essential that all professionals working with young people receive good quality training.

To help meet this vision, we have developed the 12 core values and principles that underpin all of our work across sex, relationships, health and wellbeing education and training.

Our 12 education and wellbeing values
  1. Be accurate and factual, covering a range of information about sexual and emotional health, relationships and wellbeing.
  2. Be positively inclusive in terms of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity or national origin, culture, age, religion or belief, HIV status, pregnancy and maternity, economic or social class and/or other life-experiences.
  3. Include the development of knowledge, skills and values to support positive sexual and emotional health, relationships and wellbeing in young people.
  4. Promote a positive, open and honest culture free from stigma, through using positive messaging, shame reduction and motivational approaches.
  5. Promote a critical awareness of the different attitudes and values within society on sex, relationships, sexual and emotional health and wellbeing, such as peer norms and those portrayed in the media.   
  6. Create a learning environment based on the principle that prejudice, discrimination and bullying are harmful and unacceptable.
  7. Ensure programmes are relevant and meet the needs of all participants. Programmes should reflect the age and level of the learner and be tailored to the context and group.
  8. Be interactive, using a range of learning styles and approaches.
  9. Ensure that rights of children and young people are clear, including their right to access confidential advice and support services within the boundaries of safeguarding.
  10. Programme delivery is led by trained, competent and confident practitioners in a non-judgemental way
  11. Actively involve and empower learners as participants, stakeholders, advocates and evaluators in developing good quality provision.
  12. Ensure all programmes are well-planned,  resourced and underpinned by solid theory and evidence.

Our methods and theory

Our training courses are interactive and relevant which encourages knowledge to be shared and relationships to be built. In addition, they encourage participants to link training content to their own practice which allows them to realise how they can use the knowledge and skills with their young people.

All our training is created and delivered inline with our education and wellbeing values.

More about our methods and theory

Similarly to the education we deliver, the Information, Motivation and Behaviour (IMB) model underpins our training. We know that changing a pattern of behaviour in young people is a complex process, so also delivering training through this model will allow professionals to understand and experience the process so they can take the approach to benefit young people they work with.

It is well known that sexual health education integrates three key elements which make up the IMB model:

Information
Helps individuals to become better informed and to understand information that is relevant to their sexual health needs and is easily translated into action. All information in our training is therefore correct, relevant and up to date

Motivation
Motivates individuals to use their knowledge and understanding to avoid negative risk behaviours and maintain healthy behaviours. Through training we emphasis longer term work, relationship building and youth work to benefit this process

Behavioural Skills
Supports people to acquire the relevant skills that will enhance sexual health and provides an opportunity to think about transference. Our training incorporate experiential learning techniques and developmental group work where possible to start the behavioural change process.

Combining these elements in education and training will support behaviour change to occur over time and our training programmes set the foundations for this to happen.

Education and training cancellation policy

If you are booked onto a Brook education or training session and need to amend or cancel your booking, please see our training cancellation policy.

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