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Sexual Health Week

12-18 SEPTEMBER 2022

SHW 2022 12-18 SEPTEMBER

Breaking Barriers

Everyone should be able to access sexual health and wellbeing services in ways that best suit them. The reality is that too many people face barriers when it comes to finding evidence based, inclusive and non-judgmental support.

That’s why for Sexual Health Week 2022, we will amplify the voices of those who face access barriers and shine a light on the important work that Brook, partners and sector experts are doing to address health inequalities.

Brook’s Big RSE Lesson Live

A purple background with the following text: Brook's Big RSE Lesson Live14th September 2022 @ 10amRecognise difficult topics; Identify strategies for talking; Understand where to go for help.

Let’s break barriers together

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With thanks to our #SHW22 supporters

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The Survivors Trust

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Mencap

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Childnet

A word from our supporters

Fumble

“Fumble is incredibly proud to support this year’s Sexual Health Week.

Sexual health services and RSE remain focused on cisgender, straight, white and non-disabled people, when all young people should have access to relevant education and support, regardless of their identity.

We need to shout about this more!”

Our patrons

The London Dungeon

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Podcast series probing the questions and dilemmas facing teachers preparing for mandatory RSE.

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SHW 2021 Consent: Do you get it?

With the issue of sexual harassment and assault in schools dominating the media throughout 2021, we chose consent as the theme for our third Sexual Health Week campaign. Throughout the week, we focussed on normalising conversations about consent and empowering people to talk about it positively and proactively.

As part of the activity, we launched our #StopCyberflashing campaign calling for the criminalisation of sending unsolicited nudes. The campaign was championed by Fay Jones MP during a parliamentary debate, and we are delighted that cyberflashing is to become a criminal offence as part of the Online Safety Bill.

More than 200 people attended our webinar on Consent, Young Men, and RSE with Susie McDonald, Chief Executive of Tender, and Ben Hurst, Head of Facilitation at Beyond Equality, as well as Brook staff and champions.

To support schools, we created a new downloadable consent handout for young people and a guide for teachers on how to handle disclosures of sexual assault and harassment in their schools.

SHW 2020: Get your RSE in gear

For Sexual Health Week 2020, Brook celebrated the introduction of mandatory RSE in schools.

From awards, to videos to virtual lessons, the week was jam packed with activity aimed at equipping teachers to deliver excellent relationships and sex education for all young people.

Almost 7,000 students tuned in to Brook’s biggest virtual RSE lesson ever. Find out more.

Brook and SH:24’s Sexual Health Awards celebrated those leading ground breaking work destigmatising sexual health.

Five free introductory trainings on some of the core topics needed to deliver excellent RSE. Watch on YouTube.

Brook’s BIG Illustration Competition showcased amazing artwork from young designers and illustrators, celebrating the beauty and diversity of bodies and sexuality. More about the competition.

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SHW 2019: Continuing the conversation

Thank you so much to all our 2019 Sexual Health Week supporters. We learned so much from our campaign on the topic of relationships, sex and disability.

Following the campaign, we identified a gap in our own RSE resources for SEND young people and as part of our commitment to challenging inequality, we have developed a new accredited training package for professionals.

View our full range of expert education, training and consultancy programmes and access free resources.

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