The importance of sex education: safety and well-being in young people

Purcell, Katy (2011) The importance of sex education: safety and well-being in young people. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation explored why proper sex education is so important for young people today and described how social workers can contribute to effective delivery of sex education in the school curriculum.

    The author explained why this topic area had been chosen. The theoretical approaches underpinning the study were explored, the selected methodology was outlined and the process of a literature based dissertation explained.

    The policies and legislation relating to the practice and delivery of sex education were identified and explored. The importance of teaching sex education at a primary level and the need to be able to openly discuss sex, sexual behaviours and sexual relationships was highlighted to encourage children to seek advice and support. Young people’s views about sex education and how they aligned within society today were interrogated. The impact and effects on child abuse issues and concerns were also discussed.

    The paper examined the role of a social worker in the delivery of sex education and how this can be better managed to improve the support provided. Lastly, recommendations were made to improve the effectiveness of sex education in schools and how to increase the safety and well-being of young people.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2011 09:59
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:40

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