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AskProjectAsk Dad and/or Mum Parents as Key Facilitators: an Inclusive Approach to Sexual and Relationship Education on the Home Environment

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Family learning is the learning between different generations that happens inside families. The term  refers to the sharing of information, thoughts, feelings and experiences between parents and children. Much family  learning goes on informally, however organized and planned activities can be of great help, especially on topics on which parents don’t feel confident or lack adequate knowledge. Parents have a profound influence on the development of sexual attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours, especially in the years leading to early adolescence. Although parents want their children to be educated about sexuality, there appears to be a disconnect in parent-child communication on the subject. Parents report feeling inadequately prepared to discuss sexuality, and report discomfort in addressing certain topics with their children. Simply knowing “what” to discuss may be insufficient: parental openness, skill, knowledge of the topic, perceived self efficacy, self esteem, and comfort-level mediate the impact of parent-child communication on sexual behaviour.

Direct experience of partners and desk research over the Internet shows there are very few resources, all of North American origin, addressed to parents.  

The main work packages will be need analysis, state of the art analysis, development of materials, pilot with families, and the valorisation of results.

This project wants to develop a methodology and materials (a training programme and a Tool Kit) to help parents to give sex and relationships education to their children aged 10-14.

Sexuality is a topic of paramount interest, on which many parents look for support but very little o no resource exists. Thanks to the training programme and Tool Kit a number of European parents will became  more proactive, less embarrassed and more effective when dealing with this topic. Thanks to a thorough valorization strategy, the use of methodology, training course and Tool Kit will be promoted with about 20,000 parents and other stakeholders, and used during project life time by over 600 parents; 120 trainers will also be trained to use the Tool Kit.

The Tool Kit  will be developed with direct involvement of target groups and will be structured in 6 sections:

  1. Short introduction on definition, goals and strategies for sex education; short account of the project; use of the Tool Kit
  2. General Guidelines for children’s sex education
  3. Guidelines for parents carrying out sex education with their children
  4. Practical tools for sex education (assessment and self-assessment sheets, description of exercises parents can  carry out with their children, tips on improving and opening communication between parents and children,  tools for planning the career guidance activities and monitoring results).
  5. Parents Informative Self Help Resource: this section contains basic knowledge on sexuality to transmit  to children 10 to 14 and lists the main resources available at national level for further deepening.
  6. How to use the Toolkit as a stand-alone resource.
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