Engaging young people in relationships and sex education (RSE)

Type Policy and research document

Olivia Le Blanc, Carron Fox
Published on
1 January 2018

Based on focus groups and a survey of 56 young people (aged 12-25) supported by Barnardo’s, this research shows that young people want to be taught about a wide range of topics in relationships and sex education, including LGBT+ relationships and gender identities, abuse and exploitation, contraception, sexual health, and consent.

In terms of how relationships and sex education should be delivered, young people want it to be taught regularly, to be engaging and interactive, and to involve student discussion and debate.  

Keywords: Relationships and Sex Education; Young People