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Sex Education Forum together with The Fostering Network have launched their new digital resource to help foster carers navigate relationships and sex education conversations.  
The guide conveys a ‘can do’ message from young people with care experience, and is steeped in practical tips and advice from foster carers.  
This new resource is free to download and will be relevant to foster carers, parents, social workers, virtual school heads, school nurses and educators.

Dealing with Anxiety around Events in the News

Young Minds have put together some tips for talking to young people about the events in Ukraine.

Over the last week or two, many of us will have been watching events in the news with a mixture of shock and horror, especially those of us from - or with friends and family from - the affected areas. Even without a direct personal connection to the conflict, it's natural that seeing all the footage coming out of Ukraine, whether on the news or on social media, may be taking a toll on us. It's important to recognise this, even if we are committed to paying attention, showing solidarity, or seeking to help the victims.

If you're a young person and it's important to you to keep up-to-date, try to limit your news intake to 15 minutes before and after school, while also finding time for self-care. It's a great impulse to want to help those suffering, and this is something you can look into if you're able, but it's also important to look after yourself. If you're a parent or carer, have a look at Young Minds blog on how to talk to your young person about difficult news stories.

Tips for talking to young people about the events in Ukraine

How to Talk To Children About War

Following the recent tragic events in Ukraine (and previous political conflicts) you may be asked by a parent or a child/young person about war.

Safe the Children organisation just updated the information on the website, please take a look and use it when you feel appropriate.

Talking Racism and Mental Health in Schools

The Anna Freud Centre have recently released  a brand-new podcast series – it’s called Talking racism and mental health in schools.

Racism has a detrimental impact on the lives of Black and racially minoritised young people, and when experienced it affects both their mental health and potential to thrive.

The podcast series features experts in mental health, education and anti-racism exploring topics like representation, culture and community, and provides advice and practical steps to support all education staff to create a whole school community which is anti-racist.

Guests on the podcast include former teacher, campaigner, author and speaker the Honourable Stuart Lawrence, and Eve Doran, researcher at Black Learning Achievement and Mental Health (BLAM). The podcast episodes also feature the voices and experiences of teachers.


KS2 Wellbeing Toolkit

The Wellbeing Toolkit from the City of Wolverhampton Council has just achieved the PSHE Association Quality Mark for PSHE education resources. This free-to-download Toolkit supports pupils to understand the importance of taking care of their mental health and offers them key knowledge alongside practical skills and strategies.

The Toolkit includes six upper key stage 2 lesson plans with PowerPoint slides as well as teacher guidance and accompanying resources.

The content in each lesson aims to develop pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills in a developmental and practical way. Activities provide opportunities for pupils to apply their learning and to identify different strategies they can use, including problem solving skills and handling emotions to help develop their resilience.

Download the Wellbeing Toolkit

New Poll Reveals Gaps in RSE

A major new survey published today by the Sex Education Forum shows that young people are still not receiving the comprehensive and quality Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) they were promised when the subject became mandatory over 18 months ago.

The survey highlights the areas that young people feel need to improve, and sheds light on the format of RSE that they experience at school and the frequency of RSE from parents and carers

To find out more about the results of the survey, click here.


Young Minds - The Big Young People's Survey

Young Minds know that young people are struggling right now, and something needs to change. They know from speaking to professionals working with young people just like you that you agree.  And they think the best people to tell them what needs to change are  young people themselves.

That’s why they’re having the biggest conversation they’ve ever had with young people about what we need to do differently as a society. They want young people aged 13-25 across the country, from all walks of life, to tell them what the big issues affecting their lives are. But to make this happen, they need your help.

They need you to share this 10-minute survey with the children you work with, your friends and family, and with any other young people in your life. In order for us to get a clear picture of what needs to change, they need as many young people as possible to have their say.

This is a unique opportunity for us to do better by our young people and start something amazing. Let’s make the most of it.

Share the Big Young People's survey


New 'Better Health' Bullying and Cyberbullying Resources

The ‘Better Health: Every Mind Matters’ suite of free PSHE education lesson plans and resources supports primary and secondary school teachers to promote the health and wellbeing of their pupils.

The latest lesson plans, which have received the PSHE Association Quality Mark, help pupils discuss the emotional impact of bullying, while exploring how to respond safely.

Research shows that one in four children who experienced online bullying did not report it to anyone.

These new Better Health lesson plans — one for Year 6 pupils and another for KS3-4 — use scenario-based activities to explore with pupils how they can support each other and seek help.

The materials are launched to coincide with Anti-Bullying Week 2021 and will help you meet the statutory RSHE requirements to teach about different types of bullying (including cyberbullying).

Download bullying and cyberbullying resources


Updated KS4-5 'Relationship Safety' Materials

These newly updated KS4-5 'Relationship Safety' materials from the Alice Ruggles Trust have received the PSHE Association Quality Mark  — promoting awareness of unhealthy relationship behaviours and stalking to help protect young people from the potential risks.
Primarily aimed at key stage 4 students, but also suitable for key stage 5, the lessons support schools to build student confidence in managing situations where people are exhibiting or experiencing unhealthy relationship behaviours. They will also support colleagues to deliver key aspects of statutory Relationships and Sex Education.

These has been added a brand new lesson focusing on de-escalation and self-regulation which aims to reduce stalking prevalence, plus activities which highlight cyber-enabled stalking to ensure the content is relevant for young people.

Detailed lesson plans are included with activities, teacher guidance and accompanying PowerPoint presentations. The teacher guidance has also been updated to support teacher understanding of stalking.

Download Free Lesson Materials

'Soaper Heroes' Primary Lesson Plans

Lifebuoy’s ‘Soaper Heroes UK’ primary PSHE education lesson plans have been awarded the PSHE Association Quality Mark.

The lessons will help KS1&2 pupils to explore how handwashing protects themselves and others. The accompanying teacher guidance contains relevant statistics on personal health and hygiene and advice on how to link the resources to wider school policies on safeguarding and attendance.

There are two lessons in total — one for KS1 and another for KS2 — both teaching pupils how to wash and sanitise their hands effectively, and encouraging them to reflect on hand hygiene as personal and social responsibility.

Pupils learn:

  • Why hand hygiene is important to prevent the spread of germs
  • How to ensure handwashing and sanitising is effective
  • How hand hygiene links to responsibilities to help keep ourselves and others healthy

To download the lessons, follow the link below and select ‘Teacher Register’ to register your details and download the ‘PSHE Resources 5-11yrs’ file.

Download the 'Soaper Heroes' PSHE Lesson Plans

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