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The environmental challenges and uncertainties facing children and young people can have a profound impact on their mental health and wellbeing. In the second of this two-part mini-series, Stephanie Enson looks at climate activism, education and the importance of maintaining hope.
The environmental challenges and uncertainties facing children and young people can have a profound impact on their mental health and wellbeing. In this two-part mini-series, Stephanie Enson looks at the current dilemmas, necessary changes, and how to prepare young people.
In recent years, there has been an increase in teenage dating violence. In this first article of a two-part series, Stephanie Enson looks at the impact and risk factors.
In today's increasingly digital world, children and young people are being exposed at an increasingly younger age to inappropriate imagery and information. This article explores some of these risks, such as sexting and cyberbullying, with a particular focus on the impact of exposure to pornography in younger children. Preventative strategies and me...
This article is the second part of a mini-series evaluating the impact of hyper-sexualisation and pornography on the lives of young people (with a particular focus on females) in relation to their values, beliefs and relationships in today’s world.
Key learning points: – Sexual health and wellbeing are essential parts of each person’s holistic life – Young people often lack the key knowledge, attitudes, skills and habits to effectively protect themselves and prevent episodes of sexual ill-health – Primary care services are the front line, or first access, for promoting sexual wellbeing to...
Within health and education settings, all individuals have the right to proficient, effective and non-biased delivery of information and care; however, this can only be achieved by educated and aware practitioners. This article explores the oppressive character of institutionalised ‘heteronormativity’ in health and educational establishments and it...
Although sexual health outreach provision is a valuable service, issues regarding young people's sexual health remain prominent. A number of research papers have sought to investigate these issues and understand gaps in service provision. This article systematically reviews these studies and analyses the various issues that need addressing to incre...
Sexual health assessment is key in the delivery of sexual health services. Stephanie Enson looks at different aspects of sexual health assessment, including: delivering a relevant service, legal and safeguarding considerations, and training needs.
Sexual ill-health appears to be on the rise in Britain; one of the likely causes is an increase in sexual risk taking. Stephanie Enson looks at the concept of risk taking, current health promotion strategies, and suggests possible ways to help reduce sexual risk taking.
Through effective communication school nurses can inform, support and empower young people to make informed choices. Stephanie Enson discusses key barriers to effective sexual health communication and looks at solutions to engage young people.