Implementation of a Sexual Behaviours Framework in Cornwall: embedding sexual health and development within the children, young people's workforce
PHE ePoster Library. Gainsbury A. 09/13/16; 137944; 71 Disclosure(s)(s): Brook have funded my place at conference (post my abstract being submitted)
Ms. Alexa Gainsbury
Ms. Alexa Gainsbury
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Abstract Aims: Increase workforce confidence in working with sexual development;Embed relationships and sexual health within assessments of health and wellbeing.Improve workforce understanding of healthy sexual development;Develop a shared objective understanding of risk; Enable consistency of response across agencies in Cornwall. Methods: Comprehensive review of existing local relationships and sexual health guidelines. Multi-agency working group established with expertise and representatives from CYPF workforce. Consultation with workforce and young people identified gaps including lack of confidence in addressing/assessing presenting sexual behaviours, clarity of roles, knowledge and protocols around responding to need. Agreed a common framework tool required to address identified needs. Brook Sexual Behaviours Traffic Light Tool (BSBTLT) identified as supported by evidence and had face validity. BSBTLT protocols developed in multi-agency partnership and endorsed by HWB, LSCB and Children's Trust. Results: Cornwall first LA to formally adopt sexual behaviours framework and embed into local safeguarding procedures. 600 and rising professionals trained to use it. 98% of participants rate the training either good (18.6%) or excellent (79.5%). Participants' confidence to apply training in practice rated 4.7/5 and qualitative feedback identifies strong intentions to embed tool into practice. Independent evaluation of implementation and impact on practice being undertaken and will report in July 2016. Conclusions: By working across agencies and providing a practical tool for frontline implementation Public Health Cornwall has contributed to children and young people's health and wellbeing and successfully raised sexual health and development on the agenda. External funding details NA. Training and evaluation funded by Public Health (Cornwall Council)
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