From 2020 Relationships and Sex Education will become mandatory in schools. See the RSE guidance document.
Supporting children and young people to understand puberty prepares them for the physical and emotional changes ahead. It can ensure they have accurate information and reduce anxiety.
Talking to children from an early age about their minds, bodies and how they work provides good groundwork for an understanding of puberty. Whilst for most children this will be happening at home, for others school will be their only opportunity to learn about their bodies.
Young people may start to ‘act out’ and their behaviour become more challenging as they move in to puberty. When schools have clear expectations of behaviour and systems of reward and consequences this gives the boundaries adolescents need.
Puberty can be a time when children make the wrong choices about the people they hangout with, and the decisions they make – watch out for signs in individual pupils that they may be out of their depth and need support and advice.
Be sensitive to the huge changes puberty brings and how this feels. Time to discuss this is valuable and an opportunity for young people to share their experiences and normalise how they feel.
Giving young people the tools to manage strong emotions in a healthy way can help them learn the skills to cope with the challenges of the ‘teenage brain’. More information can be found on our emotional regulation and building resilience pages.
Completing the Solihull Training offered by CCS can help all staff communicate and support adolescents effectively. To book a place on training contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Parents can also be directed to the free Online Solihull Parenting course on JustOneNorfolk *here*.
On a practical level It is helpful if there is provision in school for items they may need to cope with the physical changes like deodorant and sanitary products.
- Puberty myths v's fact quiz
- Rise Above puberty lesson plan
- Rise Above puberty Powerpoint
- Rise Above puberty classroom tips
- Brook - booklet for young people to help them to understand normal anatomy - What is a Vulva Anyway?
- BBC RSE Key Stage 2 resources
- Growing Up - What's it all about?
- Teenagers - What's it all about? A Parent's Guide
- Puberty and Sexuality teaching pack for children and young people with a learning disability
- Information for families - Growing up with Prader Willi Syndrome
- Female reproductive system chart
- The menstrual cycle chart
- Female external anatomy chart
- Male reproductive system chart
- Puberty quiz - true or false (with answers)
How Can We Help?
Just One Norfolk Access the health advice website to explore a variety of health issues. This website is consistently being reviewed and updated.
Parent Activation Measure This helps parents think about their knowledge skills and confidence in understanding and supporting their children or unborn babies.
Just One Number Call to speak to a health professional by phoning 0300 300 0123. They will be able to provide initial advice and support and guide next steps with us or signpost you to other more relevant agencies and professionals. It is available 08.00 to 18.00 Monday to Friday and 09.00 to 13.00 on Saturdays
ChatHealth Children and Young people can access us through our text messaging service on 07480635060. They will be able to discuss any health concerns with one of our Practitioners and also be able to request an appointment if they would prefer to meet with us.
Parent Line Parents can access our services by texting our number 07520631590 . This allows them to access the advice and support from a clinician about any health issues affecting their children aged 0-19.
JustOneNorfolk Health Passport app Young people age 16-19 can download this app on apple or android phones. It provides young people age 16-19 with general health information and advice to increase health literacy. It signposts to services and promotes self care. It aims to increase resilience and wellbeing and to find out how to access health services.
Health Unlocked Parents can be signposted to this. It is a carefully monitored online community forum which allows local parents and carers to talk with each other regarding issues affecting their children. This can be accessed through our Just One Norfolk website.
Solihull Parenting Online For our Norfolk parents there is the opportunity to access this free of charge through JustOneNorfolk. It supports parents in understanding their children from 0-19 via 4 modules.
Staff working with children and families will also benefit from this – or they can book to do the two day Solihull Training provided by our service by contacting email@example.com