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Development of Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood (RHSP) Framework


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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.


Themes: Children and Education; Partnership and Collaboration

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The successful bid to NHS Tayside for further funding to second a teacher within each authority to develop and deliver training to enhance the delivery of RSHP in schools, enabled each authority to employ an Education Officer.  This Officer then planned and delivered a number of Career Long Professional Learning (CLPL) sessions.  Teachers were trained with the aim of ensuring a consistent and high quality approach to the delivery of Relationship, Sexual Health and Parenthood Framework (RSHP) education in our schools. Events were delivered in Local Management Groups (LMGs), in individual schools as part of collegiate and as part of CLPL calendar. Over 40 training sessions so far have been held in Perth and Kinross.


A resources event was also delivered and feedback was described as “fantastic”. 90% of teaching staff rated the training eight and above out of 10 with 64% rating it as a 10.  A training and information event was also organised Tayside wide for all the partners working in the three local authorities. 84% of participants thought this was a very useful event.


Parental involvement and support is vital to the success of the RSHP programme so it was important that an information evening was developed and organised for parents.  Alongside this, information leaflets have been developed for schools to inform parents and encourage their engagement with the Framework by developing their understanding of the RSHP programme.


All areas have been delivered within the budget that has been provided by partners in the project.

All evaluations of training and information events have been very good or excellent. The training has been delivered to staff in all locality groups and staff in schools are now sharing planning to ensure a consistent and progressive approach to RSHP education in schools.


The roll out of training continues and more parental engagement in RSHP education is being planned.  Teenage Pregnancy rates in our area have reduced although it is too early to evaluate the contribution of the Framework in achieving this.


The Framework is always being improved and currently we are developing the resource to support staff in dealing with the area of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) within the relationships section of the resource. We are also further developing information for staff and pupils about how to include and respond to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues.


In a fast changing world, our teachers need to be well equipped to respond to the questions and support the challenges which our young people face.

All the teachers who attended the training have expressed that they are now better equipped and more confident in delivering the Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood Framework.


The development of the Framework has influenced us to have a more coherent and joined up approach to other areas of Health and Wellbeing in the Curriculum for Excellence and we are currently in negotiation with all three local authorities’ alcohol and drug partnerships to look at a funding bid to support the same approach to develop a Substance Misuse Framework.


The cost to each local authority has been in terms of staff time but sharing the tasks between three local authorities has made this a sustainable and affordable exercise. Duplication of work has been avoided and outputs enhanced as a result of the collaboration.


The Framework will continue to be used in schools and will be updated on an ongoing basis. Currently materials are being developed to address Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues and develop understanding of Child Sexual Exploitation issues.


This session in Perth and Kinross delivery of the Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood Framework is being evaluated during Learning and Achievement visits to schools as part of the Health and Wellbeing curriculum.  Processes are currently being developed to assist pupils and staff to evaluate progress in these areas.


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Education Support Officer

Perth and Kinross Council

Case study added to site: July 2016

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