National resource for relationships, sexual health and parenthood (RSHP)

The national resource for relationshipssexual health and parenthood (RSHP) education for children and young people at can be used to support delivery of the RSHP education curriculum in early years settings, schools, colleges and community-based learning. 

As we work to reconnect children and young people with learning and the experience of being back in school, aspects of our RSHP curriculum and the RSHP resource offer support; it does this in these main areas:

  • Mental health and peer relationships will be at the front of every educators’ practice in the coming weeks. Children and young people have had very different experiences of lockdown but we know that many have struggled, with feelings of isolation and a disconnect from the supports that were available to them from school-based professionals. The resource will support educators to work with learners about their feelings, and to help them to re-connect with friends.
  • During lockdown and with school closures children and young people have missed key parts of the RSHP curriculum. This may have included final term learning about their bodies and sexual health including reproduction. The resource helps frame learning in these areas and can play an important part in ensuring learners don’t miss out.
  • The lockdown has also seen an increase in children and young people spending time online. It will be helpful, with the use of RSHP resource activities, to check-in with how children and young people are doing when it comes to their recent online experiences, and also to make sure we support them to build pro-social and self-protective behaviours essential to manage information and online relationships.