Naomi's Choice - Why the Pro-life Bubble Needs to Burst

Ruth Harrison Roberts | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Harrison Roberts

It's thought that once you've had your (seemingly in particular medical abortion) the aftercare is non-existent. You pop the pills, and away you go. Don't travel, just go home and rest, have someone to stay with you and take a couple of days off work.

10 Things You Need to Know Before You Get Your Knickers in a Knot About Underage Sex

Suzi Godson | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

Trouble is, one third of the population have already had sex before they reach the age of 16. Results from the latest National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL 2013) show that 31% of men and 29% of women had their first sexual experience before the age of 16.

Royal Ramblings: Meet James Storm, Robbie E & Brook

Danny Stone | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

TNA has just announced that British Boot Camp 2 will be coming to Challenge TV... You talk about the Brits in wrestling right now, well it's almost kind of like the Beatles now, they're getting huge... it's a pretty good time for British wrestlers.

Let's Have a Look at the Bright Side of Life

Simon Blake | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Blake

If we don't ask the questions which help us learn from success and happiness we won't learn valuable lessons about personal and community strategies from countless young people who manage their lives - the good bits and the bad bits - with resilience, creativity and capacity for growth.

Proud to Launch Supplementary Advice to the DfEE statutory Sex and Relationship Education Guidance (0116/2000)

Simon Blake | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Blake

All of us committed to ensuring children and young people's entitlement to good education about sex and relationships as part of PSHE education whatever school they are in, wherever they are in the country.

21st Century SRE - Time for a Party?

Simon Blake | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Blake

t is clear that the consensus in support of SRE keeps on and on building, both across political parties, professional groups and the general public, but is it time to get out the party frock? Let's keep our fingers crossed, but my instinct is probably not just yet.

The Age of Consent - I Welcome Cross-Party Support to Keep It at 16

Simon Blake | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Blake

I was very interested at the range of responses and I was particularly pleased that a cross-party consensus emerged from the debate to keep the age of consent at 16. That reflects the broad consensus that exists in the country: the age of consent is a good indicator of the age at which we think people will be mature enough to enjoy and take responsibility for their sexual decisions.

...and Gender

Simon Blake | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Simon Blake

In Brook's strategic framework we set out our commitment to 'setting high expectations for young people so they can have high expectations for themselves'. Our professional and personal understanding of gendered lines and expectations are central to this.

40 Days For Life: Abortion and Passive-Aggressive 'Peaceful Prayer'

Lucy Uprichard | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Uprichard

2010 wasn't the best year for the UK. We gained a coalition government, the newspapers had a tiring fixation with the recently announced royal engagement, and 40 Days For Life finally made their way across the pond.

Basically We Need Sex and Relationships Education Everywhere

Simon Blake | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Blake

As you would expect there is a very wide range of different views about pornography and its impact on attitudes and behaviour. The evidence is in fact pretty unclear. It is crystal clear however is the back drop against which young people develop an understanding of sex and sexuality is changing dramatically in the digital age and access to pornography is getting easier.

It's Time to Put Consent on the Curriculum - Why MPs Should Vote Yes on New Clause 20

Aisling Gallagher | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Aisling Gallagher

On Monday, there will be a vote on an amendment to the Children & Families Bill to include Sex & Relationship Education in the national curriculum. If the amendment is carried, it will go into the bill. Why is it so important?

Youth Leadership and Participation

Simon Blake | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Blake

Across sectors agencies are on a journey; working hard to build a culture of youth participation and leadership in our organisations and in public life. On that journey we have had fun, insight, innovation, trials, tribulations and disagreements, learning copious lessons along the way.

Responding to the Publication of the Government's PSHE Education Review

Simon Blake | Posted 02.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Simon Blake

Good PSHE education helps to develop vital personal and social skills, positive values, an understanding of equality and diversity and the importance of individual rights and responsibilities. PSHE education is not a magic bullet but where it is done well in primary and secondary schools it is proven to make a difference to young lives.

'Morally Wrong' Selective Abortion Statistics Should Not Be 'Misappropriated'

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 11.01.2013 | UK

Statistics purporting to show selective abortions of girls in the UK are preliminary and should not be "misappropriated" by those in favour of a restr...

Providing Contraception Through School-Based Sexual Health Services

Simon Blake | Posted 30.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Simon Blake

Evidence shows that high quality sex and relationships education, provided by parents and at school, combined with access to free, confidential sexual health services delays the age young people first have sex and increases the likelihood they will use contraception when they do have sex.

What's in a Name?

Simon Blake | Posted 21.12.2012 | UK Politics
Simon Blake

Ultimately, the other thing missing from the debate is that if all of us can agree that preventing abortions when possible is a laudable aim then good quality sex and relationships education as defined by the Sex Education Forum and access to contraceptive services that provide choice are absolutely vital.

Dina Rickman

'Most Rape Victims Regret Abortion' Charity Teaches School Children | Dina Rickman | Posted 27.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A controversial Christian charity has come under fire for teaching school children around England that abortion can lead to infection, holes in the wo...

The Distinct, Different and Complimentary Roles of Parents and Sexual Health Professionals

Simon Blake | Posted 04.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Blake

By working together we can change our culture so we have high expectations of young people, in order that they have high expectations for the relationships and sex they choose to have, when they are ready to have it.

It's Time We Learned to Trust

Simon Blake | Posted 29.06.2012 | UK Politics
Simon Blake

This lack of trust in young people and their developing sexuality is perennial. The persistent attacks on abortion provision have always demonstrated a lack of faith in women's ability to make their own reproductive choices. And public trust in professionals is constantly undermined by insidious reporting on the sexual health and education of children and young people.