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”

How I’m building on the consent education I got in school

The theme for Sexual Health Week this year is Consent: Do You Get It? In this blog, 19-year-old Brook Champion Elise Perks shares her experiences of consent education at school and university, how she thinks it could be improved, and tells us why we need to normalise conversations about consent amongst our friends and family.Continue reading “How I’m building on the consent education I got in school”

What working as an Intimacy Coordinator has taught me about consent

The theme of Sexual Health Week 2021 is Consent: Do You Get It? In this blog we hear from Jenefer Odell about what being an Intimacy Coordinator really entails, and what her work on set has taught her about consent in everyday life. Jenefer has worked as an Intimacy Coordinator since 2019 and her creditsContinue reading “What working as an Intimacy Coordinator has taught me about consent”

Brook responds to BBC Panorama Who’s protecting our kids? documentary

Police and young people confirm sexual assault and harassment between young people is widespread. Police reports of thousands of sexual assaults between children, everyday experiences of harassment in schools and the increasingly ubiquitous sharing of unsolicited nudes referenced in the Panorama documentary (6/09/21) build on our existing concerns about the safety and wellbeing of youngContinue reading “Brook responds to BBC Panorama Who’s protecting our kids? documentary”

Bell v Tavistock Appeal

Brook is intervening in the appeal as we believe the Bell judgement poses serious risks to other forms of healthcare and young people’s autonomy. Many clinicians across a range of disciplines and other interested parties will be following the Tavistock’s appeal of the Bell judgment closely and with concern. Young people have a right toContinue reading “Bell v Tavistock Appeal”

Brook Manchester at 25

We are celebrating 25 years of Brook Manchester. To find out more about the service and the role it has played in the city we spoke to Helen Carroll, who worked at the clinic when it first opened in the mid 1990s, and to Debbie Quinn, who has worked at Brook Manchester for the last 16 years.  When Brook opened its doorsContinue reading “Brook Manchester at 25”

Brook responds to the announcement of the review of sexual harassment in Welsh schools

Brook welcomes the news that the Wales education watchdog is to conduct a review of sexual harassment in schools. No young person should be subject to the behaviours described on Everyone’s Invited, particularly in schools and colleges, which should be a place where they feel safe. Sadly for many young people that is not the case, asContinue reading “Brook responds to the announcement of the review of sexual harassment in Welsh schools”

Brook statement on OFSTED review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges

Brook is saddened, but not surprised at the findings from the OFSTED review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges, including that: sexual harassment has become ‘normalised’ in schools; teachers don’t feel prepared to teach the subject, and may lack knowledge on topics like consent, healthy relationships and sharing of sexual images; RSE does notContinue reading “Brook statement on OFSTED review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges”

Power of Youth Day: Participation in the pandemic

Sarah Simons, Participation Coordinator at Brook, talks about her experiences of youth social action during the pandemic as part of Power of Youth Day. Power of Youth Day is an annual celebration of the contributions children and young people make to society through volunteering and social action. It’s a chance to spotlight the achievements ofContinue reading “Power of Youth Day: Participation in the pandemic”

How to support young people to look after their mental health on social media

This month we’ve been focusing on mental health across our social channels. But at Brook we know that the relationship between mental health and social media doesn’t always seem positive. In this blog, Brook’s Media and Communications Coordinator Eliza Bell uses her 5 years’ experience as a social media manager to offer 5 top tips on how you can support your young people’s mentalContinue reading “How to support young people to look after their mental health on social media”