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I apologise i started this blog and haven't used it. So i will try to use it more. To be specific I am currently planning a session for a 3rd year Christian youth work university students exploring the role of SRE in the youth work context. I will be sharing some information about the Oasis Esteem project which is currently the primary source of all the work I do.

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Agree - Disagree Sex and Relationship Statements

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Today childline launched anew campaign (FAPZ)to help young people make sense of the powerful influence online porn can have on young people. I welcome any new or renewed effort to help tackle this issue. What ever adults personally think about adults consuming porn, it clearly is not meant for young people. Below is a tweet from Simon Blake (CEO of Brook) Agree @NSPCC we must talk about porn at home, school & community. Whatever you think about porn it is not place CYP should learn about sex
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Esteem Resource Network update event materials

This is just a quick update to share my powerpoint from the Esteem Resource Network
update event and link to a few resources I looked at during my research. 

PowerPoint Presentation 

WHO definition of sexual health

Fpa Sexual Wellbeing and Pleasure document


Youtube videos 

50 Shades of Grey Trailer

Home office rape prevention advert 

Sex+ Consent video


Background reading

Fetish Sex: A Complete Guide to Sexual Fetishes

50 Shades of Grey reading by a Sex and Relationship Educator

and if you are super keen  Fifty Shades of Grey

This is a very expensive but very useful collection of articles  The Politics of Pleasure in Sexuality Education: Pleasure Bound (Routledge Research in Education)