In the current climate, many families are having to home-school their children, often for the first time. This can feel like a daunting task but luckily there are many resources out there to help with the core curriculum subjects. However, it is also really important that Personal Social Health Education and Relationship & Sex Education are included within this. As parents, it may feel difficult to talk to your children about these topics, but children and young people consistently tell us they want to learn about relationships and staying safe. You can use this site and the searchable database to find age-appropriate resources and films to start these conversations and introduce these topics.
For younger children, you could start with talking about friendships – what makes a good friend? They could make a collage of all the qualities they would want in a friend. For more ideas – see the badge AVA wrote for rainbows and brownies about friendships, gender and staying safe.
For older children, you can do a similar activity but think about what makes a good/healthy relationship? And what might be the signs of an unsafe/unhealthy relationship? Our badge for guides and seniors has more ideas and quizzes for this age group to explore issues around relationships, consent and gender.
Let us know how you get on and if there are any resources or guidance that you would like to see to help you talk to children about relationships and sex education.