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”

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”

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”

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”