Relationships & Sex Education
The Rainbow Project is working in conjunction with Nexus and Relate on our Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) Programme. The RSE programme is an age-appropriate, sex-positive, LGBT+ inclusive programme for young people aged between 11 and 24. The programme is fully funded by the Public Health Agency, which means it is entirely free for youth groups and further education colleges.
The first session for 11 and 12 year olds focuses on growing up; including puberty, and the development of sexual feelings, and a sexual orientation.
For those aged 13-24 the first session focuses on gender identity and sexual orientation, with a focus on building understanding, empathy, and inclusion, and introducing young people to the support services available in Northern Ireland.
The second session is on confidence building, how to have healthy relationships and spot unhealthy ones with romantic partners, friends, and even parents, the law surrounding sex, what consent is, and how to identify and stand up for your boundaries.
The final session is on how to have safer sex. This includes contraception and STIs. For under 16s this session focuses on what contraception is, where to get it for free, how to use condoms, what STIs are, how they are spread, and the importance of getting tested. For over 16s we go into additional information about what types of contraception are available, and more detail about specific STIs.
The information given can be tailored to the needs of each specific group.
For additional information or to book in contact Ren McGuicken at The Rainbow Project: