Sexual health services in education settings

These resources can help health professionals, commissioners and others involved in developing on-site sexual health services in education settings.

FAQs - School Based Sexual Health Services

FAQs - Sexual Health Services in Further Education

Meeting the SRE and sexual health needs of young people on Apprenticeship and Foundation Learning Programmes (2010) [PDF 1.1MB]
This practice briefing aims to help health and learning providers understand how they can work together to meet the needs of young people aged 16-19 who attend Apprenticeship and Foundation Learning programmes. 
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Enabling vulnerable young people to access FE-based sexual health services (2010) [PDF 575KB]
This briefing is designed to help health and education professionals understand why it can be particularly difficult for some young people to access on-site sexual health services in further education (FE) settings and what can be done to make it easier.

Taking a strategic approach to sexual health service development in further education (2010) [PDF 668KB]
Sets out the benefits of service provision being coordinated across several colleges within a local authority area and includes case-studies describing the strategic approach taken in five local authority areas. It will be of particular interest to sexual health service commissioners, FE senior leaders and professionals working in FE-based sexual health services.

Developing on-site sexual health

Developing on-site sexual health services in secondary education: a resource pack  (2009) Lucy Emmerson

This publication offers both practical and strategic support to professionals seeking to set up sexual health services in educational settings.


National mapping survey of on-site sexual health services in education settings: provision in schools and pupil referral units  (2008) Lucy Emmerson [PDF 2.6MB]

National mapping survey of on-site sexual health services in education settings: provision in FE and sixth form colleges (2008) Lucy Emmerson [PDF 2.4 MB] 
Please note that the data in this report was correct at January 2008 and there have since been changes in some colleges in status of service provision. Despite efforts to achieve accuracy in the data collected it has been brought to the attention of the Sex Education Forum that there are errors in respect to a small number of colleges (less than 1% of the total). In particular we would like to apologise to Cardinal Newman College who are reported as having 'basic services' and actually have 'no services'.

Engaging young people in service promotion and development [PDF 5.2MB]
Presentation delivered by the Sex Education Forum at a series of regional conferences held in 2008 to promote the development of on-site sexual health services in further education settings.

Confidentiality: promoting young people's sexual health and well-being in secondary schools (2007, SEF Factsheet 38) [PDF 459KB]

Improving Access to Sexual Health Services for Young People in Further Education Settings (2007) DfES [PDF 805KB] 

Engaging young people in service promotion and development (2008) SEF [PDF 1774KB]

Secondary schools and sexual health services: forging the links (2003) Sarah Thistle [PDF 229KB]

For more information and resources relating to sexual health services in schools and further education settings, go to the Practice Examples section of this website.