Sex, relationships & young people

As parents and carers, thinking about your child in a relationship, sexual or otherwise can feel daunting. What’s normal, what should you be worried about, how do you have ‘the talk’? Take a look at information available to equip yourselves for those ‘trickier’ conversations.

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  • Responding to issues
    Finding out your child has done something sexually harmful

    Dr Elly Hanson, clinical psychologist and adviser to CEOP, provides some guidance and things to think about if you discover that your child has sexually harmed another.

  • Advice
    Having a conversation with your child

    Starting a conversation with your child about a sensitive issue or something you don’t usually talk about isn’t always easy, especially if this means you will be talking about things they prefer to keep private, but there are ways to make having these conversations with your child easier.

  • Responding to issues
    Challenging harmful sexual attitudes

    Harmful attitudes and ideas about sex and gender can support abusive sexual behaviour. It's important to challenge these ideas to help your child develop positively.

  • Responding to issues
    Recognising harmful sexual behaviour by young people

    It's important to be able to recognise when a young person's sexual behaviour may be harmful to others. Dr Elly Hanson, clinical psychologist and adviser to CEOP, outlines the warning signs.

  • Advice
    Supporting positive sexual behaviour

    As teenagers' interest in sex develops, you can support them to develop their understanding of positive sexual behaviour. Here’s some tips on how to start an ongoing conversation.

  • Responding to issues
    Worried about your child and online porn?

    It’s no secret that pornography is readily available online. Should you be worried about your children accessing it?