How to ask? When to ask? Shyness in talking about the issue and their experiences …not having the language to ask for consent during sex.
These are some of the issues identified by youth workers who took part in the rapid needs assessment conducted by the National Youth Health Programme on ‘Consent and the Youth Sector: What do we know?’
As COVID-19 restrictions ease and evolve, the NYCI National Youth Health Programme want to engage with youth workers to promote young peoples’ sexual health. This includes supporting young people to build and maintain healthy relationships and build their communication skills and confidence around their sexual health as we enter a new way of being and living. An important aspect of any relationship is the concept of consent. Evidence from the youth workers who participated in the rapid need’s assessment ‘Consent and the Youth Sector: What do we know?’ indicates that:
Youth workers highlighted the need for a range of support material’s and tools to build the capacity and the confidence and competencies of the youth workers to support young people in this area.
As a result, the National Youth Health Programme are delighted to launch their report ‘Consent and the Youth Sector: What do we know?’ alongside two support guides:
The two guides aim to support youth workers and young people start to understand and feel confident to engage in a conversation on the concept of consent. The two guides will provide information on: