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Sexual health information and advice for professionals, parents and carers

Safeguarding

Safeguarding the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults is everyone’s responsibility.

Anyone who has concerns about a child, young person or vulnerable adult should seek advice from South Gloucestershire Safeguarding.

There are a number of specialist support services for people who are, or have, experienced sexual assault, sexual violence or rape. These include Unity sexual health and SARSAS (Somerset and Avon rape and sexual abuse support).

For professionals, parents and carers wanting to educate children and young people about; sexual violence, sexual assault and consent, SARSAS can provide resources for informing your work.

The C.Card Scheme

South Gloucestershire Council operates a free condom distribution scheme for young people aged 13 to 19. If you would like more information a copy of the Scheme Guidance document is available in the download section. If your organisation or place of work would like to begin delivering the scheme, please contact healthylifestyles@southglos.gov.uk.

Pharmacy sexual health services for under 25s

Most pharmacies in South Gloucestershire are able to provide free emergency contraception (the morning after pill) for patients aged under 25, as long as the sex was less than 96 hours (4 days) ago.

To help a young person find their nearest pharmacy that can provide emergency contraception simply text the word PHARMACY followed by EHC and your full postcode to 80011 and you will receive a free message back listing the three nearest pharmacies to the postcode you entered. Alternatively, download the Pharmacy Sexual Health Services list on the right hand side of this page.

If you are supporting a young person who has had unprotected sex more than 4 days ago you should get them to attend their GP practice or contact Unity sexual health as soon as possible. It may still be possible to prevent the risk of unplanned pregnancy.

Some pharmacies are also able to provide; free Chlamydia test kits and Chlamydia treatment (only for patients referred by the Unity Chlamydia Screening Office).

Training

We provide a broad range of training for those working with children, young people, vulnerable adults and families.

South West Sexual Health Board Annual Report

The South West Sexual Health Board Report is released annually. The latest report (2017/18) is now available.

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