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We deliver a range of training courses to professionals who work with young people.  

Our most popular training course is the one day Are You Ready For Sex? 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.


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 groupwork settings around these issues

Are You Ready For Sex? leaflet


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.

What participants say

"I was able to break through personal barriers"

"I learned a lot and had a lot of fun in the process"

"I am more confident & much more self aware now"

"Challenged my perceptions of sexuality"

“Learned new ways of delivering information to young people which were fun and interesting”

"I am more aware of how I portray my own attitudes"

"Simply inspiring!"

“It made me think more about how young people think”

“The facilitator was excellent and extremely knowledgeable and was clear when going through all materials”

Where and When

Courses in Edinburgh & The Lothians
Cost: £130 per participant

Training dates will be available in early 2017 in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Follow us on social media to find out when dates become available.

Or contact us:

T: 0131 468 4600


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.

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.


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


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 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.