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Cornwall COVID Recovery Project



Brook’s Education and Wellbeing Covid Recovery project will improve the health and wellbeing of young people impacted by Covid-19.

It will address wellbeing needs of those at risk of poor sexual health (exploitation, abuse, STIs, unplanned pregnancies) and/or experiencing poor mental health. It will enhance Brook’s existing delivery in Cornwall with additional education and wellbeing; health promotion activities; professional development; and parental support.

If you would like any more information about the project or to join our mailing list to receive you free digital toolkit contact us at info.crpcornwall@brook.org.uk

Sexual health and wellbeing support programme

We are taking referrals for our ‘My Life’ programme. ‘My ‘Life’ is an early help programme of sexual health and wellbeing support which targets the most vulnerable, including young people with SEND. The programme aims to empower and support disabled and nuerodiverse/divergent young people to improve their own health and wellbeing. The programme is educational rather than therapeutic and is based on a supported self-help approach where voluntary participation is central to both the process and content. It takes place over 6 sessions and can be delivered in person or over video conferencing platform attend anywhere.

Professionals can refer a young person here.

Aims of My Life 1-1 work

  1. To build a trusting relationship with young people
  2. To start where young people really are with what is important to them
  3. To awaken and strengthen young people’s interest in and ability to improve their own lives and their health and wellbeing
  4. To support young people to explore and identify aspirations for their HWB and their life; to uncover and nurture their motivation
  5. To provide needs led personal, social, heath and economic education
  6. To develop resilience to enable them to better deal with adversity and life’s challenges
  7. To enable young people to develop and practice lifelong skills which will enable them to set and achieve HWB and life goals that are important to them

We may not recommend the programme for young people:

  • With complex, serious or multiple emotional or mental heath needs,
  • Whose lives are currently chaotic
  • Under the influence of substances
  • With complex specific learning difficulties
  • Who require immediate crisis intervention

We will deliver 40 catch-up RSE sessions for Year 9 and 6th Form who missed out between March 20-21; and three digital assembly videos for KS3, 4 and 5 on managing wellbeing – distributed to all secondary schools across Cornwall.

Contact cornwall.edu@brook.org.uk for any booking enquiries for school sessions.

Managing young people's wellbeing

Training and support for professionals to manage young people’s wellbeing and support the introduction of mandatory RSE (MRSE).

We are offering a four part series of training webinars with a live Q&A at the end with an Education and Wellbeing specialist. These will be accessible after the event for any professionals working in Cornwall. They are for teaching staff to learn about Brook’s evidence base approach to building and nurturing relationships with young people and how to implement a ‘whole school approach to managing wellbeing’. It will focus on the impact of Covid-19 on young people in school and the implications this has for skills and knowledge development for staff.

Webinar 1) Understanding sexual health and wellbeing

8th November 2021 4-6pm

Part one of a four part series of pre recorded webinars with an Education and Wellbeing specialist from Brook Charity and a live Q&A.

This webinar will:

  • Support professionals overall understanding of sexual health and wellbeing
  • Describe the impact of sexual health on young people’s wellbeing during and after COVID restrictions
  • Work through a framework for a whole school approach helping attendees identify what may impact capacity to take a whole school approach

Register for Webinar 1 on Zoom.

Register for Webinar 1 on Eventbrite.

Webinar 2) Building on Mandatory RSE

6th December 2021 4-6pm

Part two of a four part series of pre recorded webinars with an Education and Wellbeing specialist from Brook Charity and a live Q&A.

This webinar will:

  • Support professionals to understand the mandatory requirements for RSE (Relationships and Sex Education)
  • Identify professional values that support the delivery of effective RSE
  • Develop awareness around the topics covered in a spiral RSE curriculum

Register for Webinar 2 on Zoom.

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Webinar 3) Working with young people with SEND

17th January 2022 4-6pm

Part three of a four part series of pre recorded webinars with an Education and Wellbeing specialist from Brook Charity and a live Q&A.

This webinar will:

  • Support professionals to understand the relevant legislation for young people with SEND
  • Differentiate sexual health and wellbeing topics for young people with SEND
  • Provide information on when and where to access further support for pupils

Register for Webinar 3 on Zoom.

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Webinar 4) Navigating sensitive topics

7th February 2022 4-6pm

Part four of a four part series of pre recorded webinars with an Education and Wellbeing specialist from Brook Charity and a live Q&A.

This webinar will

  • Support professionals to develop knowledge around key sexual health related topics affecting young people’s wellbeing
  • Consider the skills needed to support young people to achieve safe, health, happy sex and relationships
  • Understand the importance of teaching consent and body image, particularly in relation to the affects of COVID 19 on young people’s wellbeing.

Register for Webinar 4 on Zoom.

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Supporting RSE delivery

We are offering digital and in person training for teaching staff to support RSE delivery, including addressing MRSE requirements and support to review existing policies and capacity.

Digital training – Teaching RSE in the classroom

23rd November 2021 1pm-4:30pm (3.5hrs)

AIM

To equip teachers with core knowledge and a framework which they can build on to deliver high quality effective RSE which ensures the best outcomes for young people in ways that work best in the real life context of their school.

OUTCOMES

By the end of the training you will:

  • Be able to describe the impact of lockdown on young people’s sexual health and wellbeing
  • Be able to describe ways in which the individual and social context of young people’s lives indicate the need for inclusive RSE
  • Be able to summarise the mandatory requirements of RSE
  • Recognise the impact of personal and professional values on RSE delivery
  • Be able to describe an increase in skill and confidence in teaching sensitive issues and establishing clear boundaries around RSE content
  • Recognise the importance of a whole school approach to RSE and the importance of providing support to young people outside the classroom

Sign up for 'Teaching RSE in the classroom' digital session here.

In person training – Teaching RSE in the classroom

11th January 9:30am-1pm (3.5hrs)

Venue: Penhaligon House, Green Street, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2LH

AIM

To equip teachers with core knowledge and a framework which they can build on to deliver high quality effective RSE which ensures the best outcomes for young people in ways that work best in the real life context of their school.

OUTCOMES

By the end of the training you will:

  • Be able to describe the impact of lockdown on young people’s sexual health and wellbeing
  • Be able to describe ways in which the individual and social context of young people’s lives indicate the need for inclusive RSE
  • Be able to summarise the mandatory requirements of RSE
  • Recognise the impact of personal and professional values on RSE delivery
  • Be able to describe an increase in skill and confidence in teaching sensitive issues and establishing clear boundaries around RSE content
  • Recognise the importance of a whole school approach to RSE and the importance of providing support to young people outside the classroom

Sign up for 'Teaching RSE in the classroom' in person session here.

Outreach for those most at risk

We aim to increase our digital health promotion activities for young people, targeting those most at risk of poor sexual health and wellbeing, including young women, LGBT+ and BME communities.

Digital health promotion is highly effective to reach and engage those least likely to access services, who are underserved, and/or most at risk of poor sexual health and wellbeing. We will increase our digital presence and social media campaigns with additional messaging and connection between sexual health and mental health, to improve knowledge and awareness and encourage greater levels of self-care including the take up of STI Chlamydia Screening Programme, Long Active Reversible Contraception (LARC) and pregnancy options.

This will be supported with targeted IAG via digital outreach (direct messaging and 1-1 engagement) including safe sex advice, HIV/STIs, ordering testing kits online, signposting to local support services and to Cornwall C-Card.

RSE@Home programme for parents/carers to respond to young people’s stress, anxiety and wellbeing at home

RSE@Home is a series of three live online events for parents/carers to respond to young people’s stress, anxiety and wellbeing at home. They are led by an Education and Wellbeing specialist who will answer parents frequently asked questions on the topics of ‘Consent’, ‘Pornography’ and ‘talking about RSE with disabled and neurodivergent/diverse young people’. There will be opportunities for parents to ask their own questions on the topic too.

RSE @ Home (My Life) - Consent

22nd November 2021 4-5pm

This is part of our three part series for parents and carers: RSE at Home with Brook. Hosted by Education and Wellbeing Specialist Jess Bennett. We’ll be guiding parents and carers through answering some FAQs on the topic of consent so that you can feel supported to start and continue conversations at home. We’ll take live questions – please leave them in the chat and we will reply either via comment or in the video! You can find more help and advice for young people as well as free RSE resources on our website: brook.org.uk

Register for My Life - Consent here.

RSE @ Home (My Life) - Pornography

24th January 2022 4-5pm

This is part of our three part series for parents and carers: RSE at Home with Brook. Hosted by Education and Wellbeing Specialist Jess Bennett. We’ll be guiding parents and carers through answering some FAQs on the topic of pornography so that you can feel supported to start and continue conversations at home. We’ll take live questions – please leave them in the chat and we will reply either via comment or in the video! You can find more help and advice for young people as well as free RSE resources on our website: brook.org.uk

Register for My Life - Pornography here.

RSE @ Home (My Life) - SEND

14th March 2022 4-5pm

This is part of our three part series for parents and carers: RSE at Home with Brook. Hosted by Education and Wellbeing Specialist Jess Bennett. We’ll be guiding parents and carers through answering some FAQs on the topic of discussing RSE with disabled and nuerodiverse/ divergent young people so you can feel supported to start and continue conversations at home. We’ll take live questions – please leave them in the chat and we will reply either via comment or in the video! You can find more help and advice for young people as well as free RSE resources on our website: brook.org.uk

Register for My Life - SEND here.

For more information about how the project can support the young people you work with, or to find out how to get involved, please contact info.crpcornwall@brook.org.uk