It’s a Sin: My experience of working through the AIDS crisis

As part of National HIV Testing Week, Brook’s Assistant Director of Operations Jackie Redding discusses the hit Channel 4 show and reflects on her own work as an HIV counsellor in the 1980s. Within the first half hour of episode one of It’s a Sin, I was fully invested in the lives of the protagonists. I cared about what happened to them and I was routingContinue reading “It’s a Sin: My experience of working through the AIDS crisis”

How I got here: Brook CASH Nurse

Megan Chambers is a Contraception and Sexual Health Nurse for Brook in Cornwall. She shares her journey of having various health and social care jobs before deciding to work in sexual health. Back in school, I was never sure what I wanted to do, I’d always been the “mother” of the friendship group, caring andContinue reading “How I got here: Brook CASH Nurse”

Bell v Tavistock Brook Statement

Trans young people must be reassured that the judgment in Bell v Tavistock does not affect their right to sexual and reproductive healthcare. The judgment in the Bell v Tavistock judicial review has caused significant distress to those Trans young people receiving and seeking treatment with puberty blockers. The clinical staff supporting them at theContinue reading “Bell v Tavistock Brook Statement”

A week in the life of a Brook Education & Wellbeing Specialist

Amber Newman-Clark, Education & Wellbeing Specialist for Brook in London, works hard every day to challenge stigma around sex and sexuality so that young people feel empowered to take control of their own lives. This is a week in Amber’s shoes… Why I do what I do   The message that sex, bodies and certain aspects ofContinue reading “A week in the life of a Brook Education & Wellbeing Specialist”

Abortion pills save lives

For International Safe Abortion Day, Laura Hurley, Programme Advisor at the Safe Abortion Action Fund writes on why abortion regulations should be based on health needs rather than stigma and explains why abortion services should be more widely available by telemedicine. The majority (73%) of all abortions which take place in England and Wales areContinue reading “Abortion pills save lives”

‘Relationships’ must be at the forefront of RSE

For Sexual Health Week 2020 and throughout September, Brook is celebrating the introduction of mandatory RSE in all schools in England. Brook Education and Wellbeing Specialist, Viccie Hamlet, talks to us about how Brook makes teaching about relationships a priority of our RSE model. At Brook, we have used the term ‘Relationships and Sex Education’Continue reading “‘Relationships’ must be at the forefront of RSE”

RSE might have helped me realise I was in an abusive relationship

For Sexual Health Week 2020 and throughout September, Brook is celebrating the introduction of mandatory RSE in all schools in England. Molly Lawrenson, 20, talks to us about how important RSE is in helping young people identify abuse in their relationships. I believe that mandatory RSE is essential if we, as a society, are everContinue reading “RSE might have helped me realise I was in an abusive relationship”

5 ways for teachers to talk to parents about mandatory RSE

For Sexual Health Week 2020 and throughout September, Brook is celebrating the introduction of mandatory RSE in all schools in England. Here, Brook’s Helen Dring suggests helpful ways for teachers to navigate talking to parents about mandatory RSE.   With mandatory RSE finally arriving, you might find yourself answering more questions from parents about what you’re teaching, when and why. As a formerContinue reading “5 ways for teachers to talk to parents about mandatory RSE”

Why all young people deserve RSE

For Sexual Health Week 2020 and throughout September, Brook is celebrating the introduction of mandatory RSE in all schools in England. This anonymous blog is from a young person whose lack of relationships and sex education (RSE) at school meant she had to turn to porn for information. She hopes the introduction of mandatory RSEContinue reading “Why all young people deserve RSE”

Why young people on social media are a force for good

Brook’s Media and Communications Officer, Eliza Bell, writes about why young people on social media are a powerful driver for inspiration and change. Young people and social media are two things that don’t always get the best write-ups. Both are (at times) accused of being vain, disinterested in the bigger picture, and of wanting toContinue reading “Why young people on social media are a force for good”