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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    Exploited: A film about exploitative relationships

    Exploited aims to help young people learn stay safe from sexual exploitation. It educates young people to identify features of an exploitative friendship or relationship in contrast with the development of a healthy relationship and gives them clear information about how to report abuse and access support.

  • Advice
    Nude selfies: a parents' guide - subtitled

    Teenagers tell us that sharing sexual pictures and videos is not unusual. It can be risky but don’t panic, there are steps you can take if things get out of control.

  • Responding to issues
    Gaming - what's appropriate for your child?

    The Video Standards Council Rating Board is the national video games regulator. They have been rating video games for 14 years using the PEGI (Pan European Game Information) rating system on an advisory basis, but in 2012 they were formally designated as the legal authority for rating video games in the UK.

  • 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
    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.