Training

Why Should You Book HOT Training?

Health opportunities Team have been providing quality training for those working with young people around sexual and emotional health for over 15 years throughout South East Edinburgh. Our workers have a great deal of experience to share working with the most vulnerable or hard-to-reach young people.

 We have a strong reputation for working well with other organisations and sharing what we’ve found helps young people. This has resulted in us being involved in the delivery of key training courses such as Sexual Health and Relationship Education (SHARE), Mentors In Violence Prevention (MVP) and The City of Edinburgh Council Risking Taking Behaviour programme.

Our experienced, skilled staff can design tailor-made training to support the needs of your organisation. We can deliver training across Scotland and can travel to any area. Our training courses use a combination of methods and approaches, such as small group work, group discussions and skills practice. All our courses are designed to be interactive and encourage workers to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence.

Are You Ready For Sex

One of our most popular training courses is the one day 'Are You Ready For Sex?' (AYRFS). The course aimed at professionals who are supporting young people to delay sexual activity until they are ready.

The popularity of our Are You Ready For Sex? leaflet for young people prompted the development of this training course and a manual for professionals working with young people around readiness for sex.  

The training and manual have been designed to be used with young people in informal youth settings, however, use is not restricted to these settings and the programme can be tailored to suit specific needs e.g. Looked After young people.

This exciting one-day training programme aims to:

  • Increase participants confidence to talk to young people about sexual health and relationships
  • Provide participants with a ‘ready to use’ toolkit of practical activities and methods to encourage young people to delay sexual activity until they are ready
  • Increase participants’ skills & knowledge to work with young people 1-1 or in group work settings around these issues

AYRFS? Manual

Participants are provided with the Are You Ready For Sex? manual - which contains 16 fun and participatory session plans and resources (that can be photocopied) covering issues such as readiness for sex, exploring risks and keeping safe, resisting pressure, internet safety and alcohol – and a small quantity of Are You Ready For Sex? leaflets.

Are You Ready For Sex? leaflet

Interested?

This training is for anyone who works with young people and has some understanding of underage sexual activity in relation to child protection. The training and manual have been designed to be used with young people in informal youth settings, however, use is not restricted to these settings and the programme can be tailored to suit specific needs, e.g. Looked After young people. Previous participants have been youth workers, residential care officers, social workers, teachers, school nurses and drop-in staff.

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Cost

£130 per participant
This cost includes a copy of the ‘Are You Ready For Sex?’ manual which contains over 16 fun session plans covering issues such as acceptable or unacceptable behaviour, resisting pressure, readiness for sex, internet safety, sexuality, alcohol; and a small quantity of ‘Are You Ready For Sex?’ leaflets.

Fee Waiver
A limited number of places are fully funded for professionals who are a member of the Healthy Respect network in Edinburgh & The Lothians.

Please contact Healthy Respect For more information about this network.

Or contact us:
T: 0131 468 4600
E: info@health-opportunities.org.uk

  • quotes from young people

When and Where?

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Need more dates?

Other dates for Edinburgh and the Lothians can be arranged so please get in touch if you are interested in attending a course in one these areas.

A limited number of places IN LOTHIAN are fully funded for professionals who are a member of the Healthy Respect Network in Edinburgh & The Lothians.

National courses

Health Opportunities Team can and do deliver this unique training course across Scotland and can travel to any area.
Dates and venues arranged according to requirements.

 



We have been working in partnership with Health Opportunities Team to improve the sexual health and wellbeing of young people in Lothian for many years. They are a professional organisation who bring experience, skills, commitment and enthusiasm. Healthy Respect values the experience and work that the Health Opportunities Team brings to the partnership and recognises the high quality of the resources and training programmes

– The Healthy Respect team, NHS Lothian

 

Both the training programme and the resource facilitate exploration and enable participants, both professionals and young people to gain confidence either in the delivery of the sessions or decision making with regards to sexual health and wellbeing whilst at the same time having fun. This is a useful addition which complements other key resources that are used with young people on sexual and emotional health and really looks at helping young people to think about delaying sexual activity until they are ready.

– Senior Health Promotion Specialist Sexual Health, NHS Lothian

Policy Framework

  • Achieves many of the Curriculum for Excellence Health and Wellbeing Experiences and Outcomes e.g. HWB 3.44a-c, 3.45a, 3.46a-c, 3.47a-b, 3.48a-b & 4.44a-c, 4.45a, 4.46a-c, 4.47a, 4.47a-b, 4.48a-b
  • Complements other sexual health resources e.g. the SHARE (Sexual Health and Relationship Education) programme
  • Contributes to the Scottish Government’s:
  • Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework (2011-2015) Outcomes
  • Respect & Responsibility Sexual Health Outcome 4


All young people receive evidence-informed, age appropriate Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) and have access to a linked local drop-in service which provides as a minimum, general health advice, chlamydia testing, pregnancy testing and free condoms.

Increased confidence and competence of education, nursing, community learning, social work, voluntary and community

Cancellation

f you are unable to attend a course, you may substitute someone else from your organisation after notifying us.

If you are unable to attend, and cannot or do not wish to substitute someone else, we may accept the fee paid as payment towards a place on a future course (if there is space available). Such a transfer will be on condition that we are informed in writing of your intentions at least one month prior to the originally booked course date. Bookings can only be transferred once.

If you are unable to attend or not in the position to transfer your place to another person or date then the following cancellation charges will apply:

  • 10 plus working days before the course: no fee will incur
  • 3 - 9 working days before the course: 25% of the fee
  • 1 – 2 working days before the course: 50% of the fee
  • Failure to notify us and non - attendance of course: 100% of the fee

For Are You Ready For Sex? in Edinburgh & the Lothians:

If you have a Healthy Respect Network member place on this course, attendance is free. However, if you are not able to attend or send someone else in your place (after notifying us first) and you do not notify us within at least 5 days before the course date, you will be required to pay a £50 fee.