Young people are disproportionally more likely to be diagnosed with an STI.

This is why we are so passionate about getting out there and spreading reliable information to schools and colleges!

Think for a moment... where did you learn about sex, STI's and relationships?

  • Very few adults (in a recent survey conducted by IHC) feel that they received thorough sex and relationship information at school.
  • Many young people tell us that they feel embarrassed to discuss it with parents or other elders.
  • Most young people say they are likely to google it if they want to know something about sex and relationships (we advise you don't google "sex"!)

And so, if young people don't receive reliable information before hitting google they can end up accessing incorrect, possible harmful material which has a lasting impression.

Sexually transmitted infections

  • STI testing among young people is down
  • STI rates continue to affect the 15-24 age group more than all others age groups put together
  • Children are accessing sexual imagery at a much younger age
  • Sexual practices have changed
  • Pressure from social media and the internet plays a huge part

What can we do?

EDUCATE!! That is the answer

Young people leave IHC sessions with rich transferable information, we teach them the facts and dispel myths.

Developed and delivered by a practicing sexual health nurse- information contains a strong medical underpinning without all of the medical jargon. Session content covers up to date issues affecting the young people of today, anonymised case studies and clinical anecdotes help learners visualise and understand the effects of poor sexual health, unhealthy relationships and risky situations.

Students learn about;

  • What STI’s are out there
  • What the symptoms are
  • Short and long-term effects
  • How STI’s are tested for
  • How STI’s are managed
  • Where they can get tested
  • Most importantly- How to avoid!

All fun and games

We understand that students take information in far better when they are able to laugh along and get involved, STI’s are no laughing matter! But we teach in a fun and interactive way so that students remember the facts.

IHC offer unique RSE education from a unique perspective


In 2015, there were 20,351 conceptions in girls under 18, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – down 10 per cent from the previous year.

This is great news, but we must not get complacent. 20,351 is an improvement but for the majority- becoming pregnant would have been an unwelcome surprise, a time of difficult decisions and caused a shift in future plans.

Delivered by an FSRH trained nurse, IHC’s contraception session teaches about the menstrual cycle (many ladies, young and old, do not fully understand their cycle, most cannot name when their last period was), they will also hear about the difficulties associated with becoming a teenage parent and what methods of contraception are out there to avoid unplanned pregnancy.

We also signpost them to local confidential services that can offer further advice or supply reliable methods of contraception.

In clinic we hear on a daily basis that young people are either using no method what so ever or consider withdrawal/pull-out is a reliable way of not becoming pregnant… False!

 Other common myths (that we hear in clinic) regarding contraception include;

  • "My Mom cant use that one, so neither can I"
  • "Contraception makes you fat"
  • "It will stop me having a family later in life"

By being fully informed about contraceptive methods, young people have the right information for when they need it, now or in the future.

Independent report on teenage pregnancy

Consent , CSE and Social Media

"Rape happens to people of all genders and sexualities. About 92 percent of victims are female and eight percent male. Most rapes occur between people who know each other in some way."

Getting young people to; spot the signs of CSE, truly understand what consent means and stay safe on electronic devices is key to helping them avoiding abuse and harm (both physical and mental). 

Many young people do not realise that;

  • A yes under duress is NOT consent
  • Wearing a short skirt is NOT consent
  • A yes whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol is NOT consent
  • A yes yesterday is NOT consent for today

It is a common occurrence for young people to add "friends" and "contacts" on social media without ever meeting them face to face. One young girl in a recent session was quick to announce that she had over 2500 followers on a well known social media app. Increasingly young people are sharing "risqué" images, there is ever increasing pressure to get the most amount of "likes" or followers.

CSE is a relatively new term for the sexual exploitation of children. A recent screening of "Three girls" by the BBC highlighted the exploitation of a group of young girls, this hard hitting documentary shows that its not just "one type" of young person that is vulnerable to predators and offenders. Of course as always, the smaller stories often go unheard, but its "all around us and on the increase" advises one Safeguarding specialist.

Our sexual health nurse has developed this session based on knowledge that she has gained from experts (Including police) and the stories that she hears in a young person’s sexual health clinic (all anonymised). It is real, up to date and relevant for young people in today’s social media driven world.

Healthy relationships

What is a healthy relationship?

  • Is it eating the right foods?
  • Is it showing your love to the world?
  • Is it acceptance?
  • Is it purely about sex?

During this session students get to explore what they consider a healthy relationship to consist of. Using discussion, case studies and interactive activities we examine what their feelings are regarding future relationships.

We also look at different types of relationships so that students are aware that there is also abuse in LGBT relationships, no sexuality is immune.

We provoke some really interesting discussions during this session, it gives a great platform to consider what is “normal” and “healthy”. We also consider how people find themselves in unhealthy relationships and why they stay in them.

From this session we aim to reduce the risk of harm but also get young people to identify how their own behaviour may be considered "unhealthy" whether it be checking a partners phone or telling them who they can and can't hang out with.

We offer signposting to support agencies that can give further advice and always ask for anonymity during the session.

As with all sessions pupils are offered the chance to speak on a one-to-one basis following the session or directed to a relevant member of staff.

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