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What Should They Know – Adolescence

              By this stage young people should be supported to:

  • Develop communication skills for healthy, comfortable relationships
  • Explore feelings & emotions
  • Explore their own sexual and gender identity gender and sexuality without labelling or harm
  • Delay first time sex until ready
  • Resist peer & media pressure
  • Develop confidence to make positive choices about sex, including the choice not to have sex
  • Develop negotiation skills around what feels right & safer sex
  • Be able to critically evaluate messages around sex, such as those found in pornography
  • Gain accurate information around contraception, Sexually Transmitted Infections and local services
  • Recognise that sex can and should be mutually pleasurable