Classifications of sex on screen: how have attitudes changed?

In this blog BBFC Compliance and Education Manager, Sarah Peacock, explains how the BBFC’s approach to classifications of sex on screen has changed over the years. Sex on screen, and how it’s classified, has always been a hot topic – not just for people watching at home or in the cinema – but for theContinue reading “Classifications of sex on screen: how have attitudes changed?”

How TV shows can be used to teach about sex and relationships

As Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) becomes mandatory after lockdowns, organisations such as Brook seek to provide specialist and professional advice to support this. A great way to start thinking about how to engage young people in conversations around sex and relationships is to do so within frameworks that they are familiar with.   TV and films canContinue reading “How TV shows can be used to teach about sex and relationships”

We need to understand how vital online spaces are for LGBT+ young people

Following the launch of Brook and Sussex University’s new report Digital Intimacies and LGBT+ Youth, 22 year-old RSHE educator Demi Whitnell reflects on their personal and professional experience of online spaces for the LGBT+ community and explains why we need to understand the importance of these space for young people. Online platforms are a double-edged sword.Continue reading “We need to understand how vital online spaces are for LGBT+ young people”

New research into the impact of online communities for LGBT+ young people

Following the launch of Brook and Sussex University’s new report Digital Intimacies and LGBT+ Youth, Brook’s Head of Policy and Public Affairs Lisa Hallgarten reflects on both the potential risks and the reported positives of social media and online communities for LGBT+ young people.  After 18 months living with the pandemic – what would you erase if you could wave a magic wand? ThisContinue reading “New research into the impact of online communities for LGBT+ young people”

Over the counter contraception is a step in the right direction

For World Contraception Day, Brook’s Head of Nursing explores what it means now that the progesterone only pill is available to purchase over the counter from pharmacies. Earlier this year the progesterone only pill (POP) became available to purchase over the counter in pharmacies. This was a long overdue step – and it will improve access to contraception and help preventContinue reading “Over the counter contraception is a step in the right direction”

Brook response to the ruling of Quincy Bell and Mrs A v The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Brook welcomes the ruling as upholding the right of young people to consent to medical treatment. In response to the ruling of the Court of Appeal in the judgment of Bell v Tavistock, Helen Marshall, Chief Executive of Brook, says: “We are delighted by today’s judgment. It will not only offer reassurance for trans youngContinue reading “Brook response to the ruling of Quincy Bell and Mrs A v The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust”

How the RSE I got in school let me down

The theme of Sexual Health Week 2021 is Consent: Do You Get It? In this blog, we hear from Ethan Haw , a Brook Champion aged 19, about how limited RSE meant he had to learn about sex and consent on his own, and what he thinks RSE should include to properly equip young people withContinue reading “How the RSE I got in school let me down”

Consent education: from the 1980s to Love Island

The theme of Sexual Health Week 2021 is Consent: Do You Get It? In this blog, we hear from Toby Hollins, a Brook Champion aged 20, about how RSE could benefit from drawing on the current culture to facilitate conversations about consent. The 1980s have undoubtedly left footprints on our society: lycra, legwarmers, the biggest haircuts you’ve ever seenContinue reading “Consent education: from the 1980s to Love Island”

Consent and BDSM: what lessons can we learn from a professional Dominatrix?

The theme of Sexual Health Week 2021 is Consent: Do You Get It? In this blog, we hear from Madam Storm, International Dominatrix, writer, teacher, speaker and women’s empowerment coach about what we can learn about consent from the BDSM community. I entered the world of BDSM in my twenties and was quickly educated onContinue reading “Consent and BDSM: what lessons can we learn from a professional Dominatrix?”

Information about consent needs to be fully accessible

As part of Sexual Health Week 2021 we hear from Ellen Goodey, Project Support Assistant at Mencap, who explains what consent means to her and why it’s essential that information about consent is accessible for everyone. I am engaged to get married to my fiancé, as he is now. He was my boyfriend for 3Continue reading “Information about consent needs to be fully accessible”