Guidelines - International


"I'd rather beg for forgiveness than ask for permission": Sexuiality education teachers' mediated agency and resistance (2017)

Journal article from USA explores sexuality education teachers' identities and examines the ways in which teachers' experiences mediated their agency and resistance in classrooms.

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Barriers and prompts to parent-child sexual communication

A research report from 2016 investigating what prompts parents to start the conversation about sexuality with their children. Many parents feel that their children are too young to talk about sexuality, and often don't know how to start the conversation. This article addresses barriers that parents experience in regards to talking about sexuality with their children.

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Canadian guidelines for sexual health education (2019)

Provides a framework for developing and evaluating evidence-based sexual health education in the Canadian context.

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Consent - the real sex talk

8min 19sec video from a NZ health campaign. Shows a divers range of real people giving straight-forward information on the laws around consent, what consent looks like, sounds like and feels like. Helps young people to know what to look for to make sure they have consent from their sexual partner.

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Developing sexual health programmes - a framework for action (WHO)

Developed by the World Health Organization (2010), this framework can be used to develop a comprehensive, community-based sexual health program.

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Donor Conception Network

Booklets and films written for children about conception via donor.

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For goodness sex: Changing the way we talk to teens about sexuality, values, and health

Sex education for parents and teens promoting healthy sexuality, values and body image in young people

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From ‘no means no’ to ‘an enthusiastic yes’: Changing the Discourse on Sexual Consent Through Sex and Relationships Education

This book chapter presents findings from research with young people in England about their understandings of sexual consent. The study was carried out on behalf of the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, as part of their two year inquiry into sexual exploitation in the contexts of gangs and groups.

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Handbook for parents - consortium on the management of disorders of sex development

A handbook for parents with children who have intersex variations.

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HIV vaccine trial starts in Oxford

University of Oxford news article. 5 July 2021.

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International technical guidance on sexuality education: an evidence informed approach (2018)

This document is based on a rigorous review of evidence on sexuality education programs for 5-18 year olds. It is aimed at education and health-sector decision makers and professionals.

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It’s about more than just sex: curricula and educational materials to help young people achieve better sexual and reproductive health (2013)

The toolkit provides descriptions of high-quality, adult- and youth-led curricula designed to improve youth sexual and reproductive health.

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Lessons learned from child sexual abuse research: prevalence, outcomes, and preventive strategies

This article aims to heighten awareness of mental health professional on the widespread social problem of child sexual abuse. The focus is on prevalence, mental health outcomes, and preventative strategies.

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Parent-adolescent sexual communication and adolecent safer sex behavior: a meta-analysis

An article describing the importance of parent-adolescent communication to reduce risky sexual behaviour in young people.

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Period in first period

4min 37sec video from Amaze. Light hearted cartoon that offers a choose your own adventure style storyline to choose period products. Includes clear instructions and cartoon diagrams on how to use each product - tampons, pads and menstrual cups. Does not include period knickers.

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pornography vs real life relationships

1 minute video from New Zealand Keep it Real Online campaign. Light-hearted approach to educating parents that their children can access porn online and need to know the differences between real life respectful relationships and porn.

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Principles of gender-inclusive puberty and health education (2016)

Providing perspectives and language to account for every student's unique journey through puberty to adulthood.

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Professor Jessica Ringrose submission of evidence for Youth Select Committee 2017: Inquiry into body image

Key findings around sexualisation, gender, sexuality and body image drawn from international research and over a decade of international research. UK, 2017.

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Responding to children and young people's disclosures of abuse

Practice brief addressing children's and young people's disclosure of abuse. It offers suggestions to parents, family members, friends, professionals or others to help respond to children and young people at the time of disclosure and in the longer term.

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Sexual harassment 'normalised' for school students

An article from Teacher Magazine written by Jo Earp on a rapid review conducted by The Office for Standards in Education on sexual harassment is UK schools. The article canvasses concerns that sexual harassment, including online abuse, has become commonplace and offers advice to schools on how to better understand, identify and response this issue.

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So what is a vulva anyway?

This UK resource is aimed at educating young people about the vulva (the outside part of the female reproductive system that is often misnamed ‘vagina’). The booklet uses illustrations to normalise the wide range of ‘normal’ when it comes to the appearance of the vulva. It also details the changes which happen during puberty that are often not described.

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Taking care of your body during puberty video

2min 45sec video by AMAZE showing ways to take care of your body during puberty.

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The professional learning standards for sex education (PLSSE) (2018)

A set of professional learning standards to help improve educators' ability to effectively address sexuality in the classroom. Includes a helpful self-assessment tool.

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USA national sexuality education standards: core content and skills, K-12 (2011)

USA resource with specific sexuality education objectives and standards set out in grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 published in 2012.

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What is best practice in sex and relationship education? A synthesis of evidence, including stakeholders’ views (2017)

Qualitative and quantitative research conducted in the UK to identify what makes RSE programs effective, acceptable, sustainable and capable of faithful implementation.

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Young people, sex and relationships: The new norms (2014)

A UK report that examines how young people can be educated about sex and relationships in this age of digital, mobile communications .

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Youth'12 overview: The health and wellbeing of New Zealand secondary school students in 2012

This report presents an overview of findings from Youth’12, the third national health and wellbeing survey of secondary school students in New Zealand. The information presented in this report was provided by 8,500 students who took part in the survey. The report also includes findings from the 2001 and 2007 national surveys to identify trends over time.

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YouTube blocks all anti-vaccine content

ABC news article 30 September 2021

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