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Relationships and Sex Education

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education is now part of the national curriculum. By the end of secondary school, young people will have been taught age appropriate content on the following:

Relationships and Sex Education

  • Families
  • Respectful relationships including friendships
  • Online media
  • Being safe
  • Intimate and sexual relationships, including sexual health

Health Education

  • Mental wellbeing
  • Internet safety and harms
  • Physical health and fitness
  • Healthy eating
  • Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  • Health and prevention
  • Basic first aid
  • Changing adolescent body

Essex Youth Service has staff that have been trained in these topics and are experienced working with young people to provide appropriate support, advice and guidance.  The service is also able to provide bespoke programmes to schools or other organisations depending on their needs.

In addition, the following local and national links provide some useful further support:





Essex Sexual Health Service 

Sexual health services for the people of Essex.  Includes the eC-Card scheme providing young people aged 16-24 with access to free condoms from venues across Essex. 



National organisation supporting young people to have healthy, happy relationships. 


Essex County Council – Get Help

Online directory of support services


The Mix 

Charity that provides free, confidential support to young people under 25 years. 



CHAT Health

School Nurse text messaging service for confidential health advice.


Charity protecting and supporting young people. 


Terrence Higgins Trust  

UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity.