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Spectrum’s RSE team use their skills to ensure that the students enjoy the lessons and can ask questions freely. This led to one girl taking things further…
After one of these lessons taught at a school in Wakefield, a member of the RSE team was approached by a member of the class, ‘Chloe’, who said she had had unprotected sex only 3 days prior.
Chloe was persistently absent from school, and attended the RSE lesson after encouragement from other teachers. She had not realised the high risk of pregnancy with unprotected sex until the subject was covered by the RSE team.
The RSE team discussed high rates of teenage pregnancy and explained to students that Spectrum’s sexual health clinics, as well as our C-Card scheme, are designed to offer advice and support about prevention of pregnancy and STIs, as well as providing contraception and screenings. The class also covered the EHC (Emergency Hormonal Contraceptive) – the ‘morning after’ pill.
For Chloe, being able to relate to these lessons and making her aware of the help available to her in her locality, enabled her to take action that would impact upon her future.
Chloe was engaged throughout the lesson and contributed to discussions and tasks. The friendly and engaging teaching methods of the RSE team allowed her the courage to talk privately to our team about her situation, after the lesson – she now realised she needed help.
The RSE team member was able to get the student an EHC and book her in for an appointment at the local Spectrum sexual health clinic as soon as possible.
This unique drama performance and workshop explores difficult issues that young people face as they grow up, including sex and relationships, underage drinking and peer pressure. The play centres on three students on their final day at school, looking back at things they wish they had known in Year Seven and considering how their decisions will impact their future. It explores the choices and decisions young people can be faced with about relationships and substance misuse.
‘Yearbook’ is followed by a brief workshop which allows students to discuss the issues raised by the play, including risky behaviour and the importance of making healthy choices.
Andi Cope, RSE Programme Lead for Spectrum, says, “Our Relationship and Sexual Health Education programme has proven very effective for older students but we wanted to develop a project that would specifically target younger students.
“By focusing on the characters within the performance and the situations they were in, a distance is created between the students and the topics raised. This helps a younger audience to feel comfortable enough to join in the discussions without it feeling personal.”
Working with our healthcare team at HMP & YOI Styal, we adapted our successful RSE Programme aimed at young people in schools, to work with vulnerable women in prison, who have had little exposure to this education. This led to the team winning the Pamela Sheridan vategory at the Brook/Family Planning Association’s UK Sexual Health Awards in 2015.
Spectrum, lead healthcare provider at HMP & YOI Styal (a female prison in the North West) introduced the very first RSE programme in a prison setting.
The programme reduced risk and improved resilience around sexual health by empowering the female prisoners. Packed with advice, support and bespoke materials to encourage prisoners to make positive and informed choices, the programme targets vulnerable residents, including those with substance misuse issues, special needs, any history of domestic abuse, violence, or involvement within the sex trade or residents who have special needs. Many of the women had dropped out from school in earlier life and had no prior knowledge of sexual health issues or education.
Being held in a secure environment meant that tradiitonal tools could not be used to deliver the RSE programme – security restrictions meant that the team had to be more creative and innovative. The learning and practise developed can be applied in a variety of different environments.
The RSE programme also has implications with community based services, as the female prisoners, who are often on short term sentences, return to society and support is needed to continue.
The programme has a high success rate with a waiting list for sessions.
We have a new Central Clinic for Sexual Health services in Wakefield.
Our teams have moved from their previous premises at Margaret Street and King Street and are now at the Trinity Walk Shopping Centre (ground floor, behind Asda Living).
You can contact the clinic on 01924 846628 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Spectrum to provide services in the North West Prison Cluster
Spectrum Community Health CIC has been selected as the new prime provider for 3 prisons in the North West Prison Cluster.
This is great news and will see Spectrum delivering healthcare services for:
- HMP Preston (category B male prison – capacity around 842 men)
- HMP Lancaster Farms (category C male prison – capacity around 550 men)
- HMP Kirkham (category D male prison – capacity around 658 men).
Spectrum already provides healthcare services in secure environment estates across the North of England.