January 13, 2017

At present, there is no statutory requirement for the provision of Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) across primary and secondary schools in the UK. We see the impact of this each time we work with Deaf young people in schools. Many are unable to correctly name their body parts, know next to nothing about sexually transmitted infections and have zero understanding of the issues relating to ‘consent’. Access to the vocabulary of SRE all too often proves e...

August 3, 2016

The roadshow in Scotland is happening again thanks to fresh funding from The Agnes Hunter Trust. This year we will be extending our Life Control project across the border and Rubbena and her team are providing deaf people in Scotland with a wide range of training, including Sexual Health, our new Prevent 2 Be Safe anti-terrorism training and the promotion of our Signly app.

One in six of the British population has some form of deafness. In Scotland this equa...

January 29, 2016

 

Four key Commons committees are asking the education secretary to make Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) which covers sex education compulsory in schools.

 

As a committed member of the Sex Education Forum, Deafax has worked with them in campaigning for statutory status for SRE and investment in training. Currently PSHE education is not part of the statutory national curriculum, which means there is no national programme of study for the subject....

January 27, 2016

We have just completed our ‘What's Happening to Me?  Project, which was delivered entirely in Scotland. It was supported with grants from The Robertson Trust, Hugh Fraser Foundation and Miss Agnes H Hunter’s Trust.  

 

Our lead Trainer, Rubbena, took on four separate ‘roadshows’ throughout Scotland delivering face-to-face workshops to 71 young deaf people/adults (including parents) as well as attending the British Association for Teachers of the Deaf Con...

December 30, 2015

 

This is the second and final part of Sally’s story (read part one here). 

 

Profoundly deaf and seriously naive, Sally fell pregnant at 17 hardly knowing what was happening to her.  Now, 20 years later, she reflects on how this experience affected her parenting, and passes on a few words of wisdom!

 

Sally was determined that a lack of information and, even more importantly, the inability to discuss things at home in an open manner was not going to take her ch...

October 28, 2015

 

This is the first of a 2-part story based on an interview with Sally who is profoundly deaf; how she found out about sex as a naive schoolgirl and, in part two, what impact that had on her own parenting.

 

Sally was born into a hearing family with ’very narrow’ views.  They didn’t talk much and certainly not about sex or relationships.  Sex education at school consisted of a film with no subtitles, and nothing at all about the physical changes to expect.  Th...

October 26, 2015

 

Rubbena, our lead Trainer attended the Sexpressions National Conference at Newcastle University Medical School. Here she had the opportunity to meet and learn with other people who are passionate about sex and relationship education. It is also an opportunity to hear from influential speakers within the sexual health community.

 

Sexpression:UK is a medical student organisation that empowers young people to make decisions about sex and relationships by runni...

August 15, 2015

“An Irish friend of mine told me that, when the very first tampon advert was shown on Irish television, his mother, avoiding the eyes of her family, stood up and left the room muttering ‘Ah, there’s no secrets any more.’  From Frank Skinner “Dispatches From the Sofa”

 

If you look up the word ‘period’ in the BDA’s Dictionary of British Sign Language you’ll be directed to a sign using a flat hand tapping the mouth and chin twice (ref 1265).  It’s interesting,...

March 31, 2015

The school curriculum, sexual consent, PHSE and Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) has been much in the news lately, debated by MPs and the media.  So it is very timely, that the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) and Deafax have published their report called “No sign of support”, which brings together the results of a survey of over 100 deaf young people, with output from workshop sessions, and other research papers.  It looks at young deaf people...

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