In National and Local research, teenagers were telling us that the Relationships Sexual Health and Parenthood (RSHP) education in schools was too biological, not delivered early enough, not very informative and not consistent in all schools. We also had a high rate of teenage pregnancy in Tayside which we thought could be reduced by better education supported by partnership working. The three Tayside local authorities got together, along with NHS Tayside, as we were all looking at developing a resource to tackle this problem. The group applied for funding initially from Education Scotland to develop a framework to assist teachers in RSPH education. This successful bid enabled teachers from each authority to attend various evening and weekend sessions to work together in producing a Framework in Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood (RSHP) from ages 3-18 years.
The RSHP Framework and partnership was considered excellent practice by Education Scotland and has been showcased at many national events. The group then secured funding from NHS Tayside to enable us to further develop the RSHP Framework through a 6 month secondment of a member of staff from each authority to act in a staff tutor capacity and deliver appropriate training to staff, partners and parents. The Framework is used in all schools in Tayside. Training and partnership working is being delivered and developed on an ongoing basis and coverage of areas such as Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Lesbian ,Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) issues are being further developed.