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Living and Growing DVD and Resource Books
Resource for 5 to 11 year olds developed in response to requests from teachers for a resource that promotes sex and relationship education as a developmental process, beginning in the early years at an appropriate level and progressing through childhood and adolescence into adulthood.

A–Z of Love and Sex DVD
A fast-moving, unashamedly direct series that answers all those burning questions about love and sex that are often far too embarassing to articulate. The emphasis is on young people being able to make informed, responsible decisions in their personal lives.


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421 Highgate Studios
53–79 Highgate Road
London NW5 1TL
Helpline: 0800 0185 023 (Mon–Fri 9am–5pm)
Provides free and confidential sexual health advice and contraception for anyone under 25. The website has tons of useful information including a secure on-line enquiry service and a text messaging service.

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Guardian story about petition from teenagers demanding better sex education, led by Cosmo Girl magazine.

Family Planning Association (fpa)
Helpline: 0845 310 1334
Website offers information on all aspects of sexual health, plus how to find your nearest fpa clinic, where you can get advice and treatment on sexual health, pregnancy and contraception. Wide range of leaflets and books for all age groups, also a parents' pack.

NHS Direct
Tel: 0845 46 47 (NHS 24 in Scotland: 0845 4242424)

Locate your local walk-in clinic for advice on sexual health and emergency contraception.

American site with loads of sex education info aimed at people aged 13–25.

Sex, etc.
American website by teens, for teens, with information on sex, contraception and relationships, including talk board and blog.

Tel: 0800 28 29 30
Free confidential advice and information on sex, relationships and contraception, for anyone under 18.

The Site
Site run by the charity YouthNet, with factsheets, support and guidance for young adults on sex and relationships.

Teenage Health Freak
Questions from real teenagers, answered by experts, plus lots of other information.

Young Minds
Help for teens with problems such as depression and substance abuse.

Family problems

Association of Family Therapists
7 Executive Suite
St James Court
Wilderspool Causeway
Cheshire WA4 6PS
Tel: 01925 444414
Information about what family therapy is and how it works. How to find a local therapist.

National Family Mediation
7 The Close
Exeter EX1 1EZ
Tel: 01392 271610
Information about mediation services which may be available for couples who are separating, including help for children.

Herbert Gray College
Little Church Street
CV21 3AP
Tel: 0845 456 1310
Family counselling and courses for parents may be available in your part of the country. Call or check the website to find out what's on offer locally.


Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (FFLAG)
7 York Court
Wilder Street
Bristol BS2 8HQ
Helpline: 01454 852418
Telephone helplines and parents' groups across the UK. Free downloadable booklet, How Do I Tell My Parents.

London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard
Helpline: 020 7837 7324
Information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men and bisexual people throughout the UK.

46 Grosvenor Gardens
London SW1W 0EB
Tel: 020 7881 9440
Stonewall works to achieve equality and justice for gay men, lesbians and bisexual people, including the Education For All campaign, which tackles homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools.

HIV and Aids

UK-based HIV and AIDS information site, with lots of info about sex education world wide. Includes section for teenagers.

Body and Soul
Tel: 020 7383 7678
Charity supporting teenagers who are HIV positive. Teen Spirit is a unique support group for teenagers (13 upwards) who know of their HIV status or that of a member of their family. Body and Soul is the only group in the UK providing weekly support to teenagers living with, or affected by HIV and AIDS.

Alcohol and Drugs

Alcohol Concern
32–36 Loman Street
London SE1 0EE
Tel: 020 7928 7377 (Mon–Fri 9am–5pm)
Umbrella organisation for 500 local agencies which help those with alcohol problems and their friends and families.

Alcohol and Drugs – What parents need to know
One of the 'Mental Health and Growing Up' factsheets produced by The Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Website with useful online tools to help you check the amounts of units you're drinking and advice on how to keep within safe levels. Lots of other online hints and tips.

Helpline: 0800 917 8282 (24 hours)
A free national helpline offering advice and information for people with alcohol problems or anyone concerned about alcohol misuse. Provide advice on sensible drinking and information on local support services to help people cut down on their drinking.

Helpline: 0800 77 66 00 (24 hours)
Textphone: 0800 917 8765
Provides free confidential drugs information and advice 24 hours a day. All calls are confidential. Use the website's search facility to get the contact details of organisations offering practical help and support in your area.


Parentline Plus
Helpline: 0808 800 2222
Information, advice and support for the parents of children of all ages. Runs Parents Together groups where parents can get together in workshops or over the phone to discuss aspects of parenting, including talking to their children about sex.

Parent Peer Educators Project
Teenage Pregnancy Team
White Rose House
West Parade
W Yorkshire
Tel: 01924 213382 / 01924 213119
A project in the Wakefield area, where local volunteer parents are trained to run sessions with other parents on 'How to talk to your children about growing up, relationships and sexual health'.

Information on puberty and growing up for teachers, parents and preteens.

Sex education

Department for Education and Skills
Guidance for schools on SRE, issued in 2000.

National Healthy Schools Programme
Downloadable documents about the National Healthy Schools Programme, including details of how your school can join.

The sex education debate

Channel 4 site, with overview on how young people learn about sex, in the UK and elsewhere.

Sex Education Forum
National Children's Bureau
8 Wakley Street
London EC1V 7QE
Tel: 020 7843 1901
The national authority on sex and relationships education. Site includes factsheets and useful information for parents and teachers.

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA)
2005 guidelines on assessing sex education within schools, plus teaching resources.

Other sites of interest

Attitudes towards sex
Mori poll on adults' attitudes towards sex.

Battle of the Sexes
Gender Lab experiment designed to work out what goes on in the minds of men and women.

Body story: Teen dreams
Combination of drama and ultra-realistic computer graphics of a day in the life of a teenager going through puberty.

Dutch sex education

Blog of American sex educator on fact-finding tour round Europe, including trip to Netherlands

Emergency advice
National Sexual Health Line: 0800 567 123 (Available 24/7)
Free, confidential advice on sexual health and infections, local clinics and sources of help.

Teenage Magazine Arbitration Panel
Website of the Teenage Magazine Arbitration Panel, the publishing industry's self-regulatory body, which ensures that sexual information is presented in a responsible way to a teenage audience.

Teenage Pregnancy Unit

Information about the Government's Teenage Pregnancy Strategy.


How much do you really know about sex?
Don't know what an IUCD or an STI is? You do now...
Resource aimed at all those involved in delivering sex education (Word 185Kb)
PSHE, Citizenship and Careers for 14–19s

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