Keeping safe in sexual situations

Time to complete Keeping safe in sexual situations: 55 min

Year level: 9 or 10


Students explore legal, physical, social and emotional safety, and respectful relationships using a placemat strategy and the Laugh and learn video as a stimulus.

Explores the importance of communicating with a partner about readiness for sex, consent and contraception.

Learning focus

Year 9

  • Skills to deal with challenging or unsafe situations: refusal skills; initiating contingency plans; expressing thoughts, opinions and beliefs; acting assertively (ACPPS091).
  • Actions and strategies to enhance health and wellbeing in a range of environments: identifying and managing risky situations; safe blood practices (ACPPS091).
  • Impact of external influences on the ability of adolescents to make healthy and safe choices relating to: sexuality; alcohol and drug use; risk taking (ACPPS092).
  • Characteristics of respectful relationships (ACPPS093)

Year 10

  • Skills and strategies to manage situations where risk is encouraged by others (ACPPS091).
  • External influences on sexuality and sexual behaviours, including the impact decisions and actions have on their own and others' health and wellbeing (ACPPS091).
  • Skills and strategies to promote respectful relationships (ACPPS093)

Key understandings

enlightened Communicating with your partner about readiness for sex, consent and contraception is essential.


  • Laugh and learn video - keeping safe (2min 8sec)
  • Computer and internet access

  • Student activity sheet: Placemat activity sheet_keeping safe with sexual activity (1 per group of 4 students enlarged to A3 size)

  • Teacher resource: Placemat activity_answer sheet (1 for teacher)

  • Optional: SARC school posters (see links within activity section) - hardcopies can be ordered prior to lesson, pdfs can be printed off, or displayed electronically

  • Optional: Take home activity_reliable RSE websites

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Before you get started

 Services/State-wide Services/SARC/Resources/P_kids.pdf


Learning activities

Group agreement

Time to complete Group agreement: 5 min

yesTeaching tip: A group agreement must be established before any RSE program begins to ensure a safe learning environment. Read: Essential information: Establishing a group agreement for tips on how to create one and what to include.

  1. Revise the class group agreement

Laugh and learn video - safer sex

Time to complete Laugh and learn video - safer sex: 15 min

  1. laugh Say:

"In this video there are some words and phrases that need some thinking about and discussing before we get to see the video."

  1. laugh Divide the class into groups to discuss the following questions:

 What do you think 'ramification' means? Use a dictionary if you don't know. 

Consequence, result, aftermath, outcome, effect.

❓ Thinking about the topic of 'staying safe in a sexual situation' - what do you think would be covered in a 'proper talk'?

Communicating about individual wants.

❓ What do you understand 'safe sex' measures to be? 

Using a condom to preven STIs and/or pregnancy and using a contraceptive method to prevent pregnancy.

  1. Ask for responses from each group.

  2. laugh Explain:

"The term 'safe' and 'safer' are often used interchangeably. In this video the term 'safe' is used, however, the more accurate term is 'safer' as no sexual activity is 100% safe."

For a more detailed explanation see What is safer sex? (external link) and Safer sex (external link). 

  1. ⚠️Trigger warning Say:

"This lesson covers topics that some students might find distressing. Please let me know if you feel you need to take a break."

yes Teaching Tip: You may wish to offer students the option of asking to use the toilet or have a non-verbal signal that students can use so that they can take a break without having to identify themselves to the class.

  1. Watch Laugh and learn - keeping safe (2min 8sec)

  1. laugh Ask:

❓ What do you think of the use of humour in this video?

❓ Does it help get information across?

❓ What is the message/information you got from this video?

  1. laugh Say:

"While humour is useful and we can laught at some aspects there is a serious side to keeping safe that we need to look at. We're going to look at some of the possible 'ramifications' (consequences) of sexual actvitiy."

❓ There were a number of positive key words you may have seen or heard in the video. What were they? (Give clues by writig these words with some letters missing.)

  • communicate/communication/talk

  • consent 

  • comfort/comfortable

  • conversation

  • wants/expectations

❓ So why is it important to talk about safe sex beforehand?

Ready, comfortable, can be difficult because it is out of comfort zone. Both need to be aware of each others expectations.

Placemat: Keeping safe with sexual activity

Time to complete Placemat: Keeping safe with sexual activity: 25 min

  1. laugh Say:

"There are several aspects to keeping safe in sexual situations that need to be considered.

  • sexual/physical safety

  • emotional safety

  • social safety (reputation)

  • respectful relationships

  • legal issues"

  1. As a whole group, revise the legal aspects of consent in WA - Ready, willing and able. 

Teaching tip: For essential information about consent, safer sex and taking selfies go to Sexual health and youth (external site) and Sex and the law (external site). 

  1. Teaching strategy: Placemat activity

In groups of 4 students complete Student activity sheet: Keeping safe with sexual activity. Each group discuss and record possible issues and ramifications associated with keeping safe:

  • sexual/physical safety

  • social safety (reputation)

  • emotional safety

  • respectful relationships

  • legal issues.

  1. Groups share ideas with the whole class. See Teacher resource: Placemat activity_answer sheet for possible answers.

  1. Remind students that SARC is the place to contact for anyone who may have been sexually assaulted.

  2. Display SARC's website and phone number 6458 1828 or free call 1800 199 888. Posters can be put up in class and other places around the school. 


Time to complete Reflection: 5 min

  1. Ask students to write one new thing they have learnt from this lesson. Ask for volunteers to share what they wrote.

Take home message

Time to complete Take home message: 5 min

  1. Remind students that Get the Facts has a completely confidential 'ask a question' service that they may wish to use. All questions are answerd by a qualified health professional with a week. 
  1. Remind students of the take home message:

enlightened Keeping safe means a lot more than preventing STIs and pregnancy. I need to think and talk about how I can look after my own and my partner's physical, social and legal safety beore having sex.


Optional: Take home activity

  1. Provide students with the Take home activity: Reliable RSE websites (electronic copy if possible). Remind them that it is best to use credible Western Australian and Australian websites to answer health questions rather than doing an internet search. 


Health promoting schools strategies

Backgroud teacher note: Health promoting schools framework

Partnership with parents

Share the following links with parents and students via your newsletters, social media and websites:


Respectful relationships

Sexual assault

Staying safe

Help seeking

Partnerships with staff

Encourage all staff members to complete these online courses: