First 2018 issue of the Sexual Health & HIV Policy eBulletin is out today
Date: 15 Feb 2018
Type: Sexual and Reproductive Health News
The February issue covers Government's consultations on RSE, local authority public health prescribed activity, protests outside abortion clinics and other relevant policy news. This month’s eFeature is by Jane Hatfield, FSRH Chief Executive. In this issue:
The Department for Education’s consultation and call for evidence on Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) drew to a close at the beginning of this week. Feedback from young people, parents, teachers and a wide range of youth and education-based organisations should help shape new government guidance and programmes to support schools in England to deliver high-quality statutory RSE from September next year. Still on this subject, the Local Government Association (LGA), Public Health England (PHE), Sex Education Forum and RSE Hub have collaborated on a new briefing for leaders in local councils to highlight the importance of RSE in contributing to the safeguarding and sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing of young people and to support the transition to statutory status. Other government consultations of interest (and still open) include the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) one on local authority public health prescribed activity and the Home Office one seeking views on protests outside abortion clinics.
In this month’s issue also look out for: the recent announcement that a nationwide HPV vaccination programme for men who have sex with men (MSM) will be introduced in sexual health and HIV clinics from April this year, following a successful pilot assessing feasibility and cost-effectiveness; a set of key sexual health service metrics from the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) to help services identify pressure points and trends; a new Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Framework from PHE and LGA and a good practice guide from the National HIV Nurses Association (NHIVNA) to use as part of the annual health review for people living with HIV.