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Parents & Professionals
We have a number of additional services that young people cannot refer directly into, or that are for groups in education settings.
Our youth workers deliver support to young people presenting in Emergency Departments across Hampshire, outreach in community places and talk about sexual health, drugs and alcohol to groups of students in schools and colleges.
Find out more about this support and how you can get us to talk to your students.
Support in Emergency Departments and 111
Our youth workers are embedded in five emergency departments across the county:
– University Hospital, Southampton
– Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth
– Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester
– Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital
– St Mary’s Hospital, Newport, Isle of Wight
Youth workers support all young people aged 11-25 who present at the emergency department due to mental health problems or violence, as well as working with young people admitted onto wards. They provide crisis support and can offer ongoing social prescribing.
We also work in partnership with the NHS 111 Mental Health team to support 11–25 year olds across Hampshire who are accessing 111 for advice and support with their mental health and wellbeing by offering social prescribing.
Social prescribing aims to connect children and young people to community groups, education and employment opportunities, and statutory services for practical and emotional support. Our social prescribers offer one-to-one support, linking young people to, and supporting them to engage with both internal No Limits services and external local services, which help to improve the young person’s mental health and wellbeing.
Support for School Groups
Let's Talk RSE
We deliver a single-sex educational programme to year 9 students in schools across Southampton, Portsmouth and Hampshire to give them the opportunity to find out what people value in a relationship and how they can make informed decisions about sex. Let’s Talk RSE is run over 6 sessions during the school term and consists of fun and interactive group-based discussions which cover topics such as puberty, consent, healthy relationships and young parenting.
The educational programme contributes to, and enhances the wider PSHE programme as part of the curriculum rather than replacing classroom-based lessons. Smaller group sizes and weekly sessions allow the students to build relationships with each other and the facilitator. The safe environment encourages them to ask the questions they want the answers to and to make positive lifestyle choices around relationships and sexual health.
Through this programme, students will:
– Be aware of emotional and physical changes that happen through puberty
– Be able to identify what individuals want in a relationship, including consent and the value of delay in sexual activity
– Identify, understand and manage the risks associated with sex and relationships including (but not limited to) drugs and alcohol, grooming, STIs, pregnancy, sexting, pornography, sexual exploitation and domestic abuse
– Understand and identify the differences and diversity in sex, gender identity and sexual orientation
– Know how to access services, groups, organisations and other sources of information, advice and support
– Develop their self-awareness and self-esteem
The programme is delivered by experienced facilitators from Solent NHS Trust Sexual Health Service and No Limits, trained in the delivery of RSE for young people.
Want Let’s Talk RSE delivered in your school?
Our Drug & Alcohol Support Hub team deliver BUZZ sessions, which are lessons, assemblies and outreach sessions delivered at schools, youth clubs, community centres and other youth groups across Southampton to young people aged 14 to 15 years old.
Buzz sessions involve young people in discussions about the risks involved with drinking alcohol or using substances, in order to equip them with the information they need to make healthy choices. There is an emphasis on exploring ways they can enjoy themselves without substances, by participating in alternative activities.
Want BUZZ delivered in your school?