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Developing relationships between sexual health clinics and schools: More than clinic nurses doing sex education sessions?

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P Baraitser, F Dolan, S Cowley

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201 - 213
Number of pages13
JournalSEX EDUCATION
Volume3
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2003

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(from the journal abstract) Linking schools with sexual health clinics facilitates clinic access by young people. This paper documents the process of developing one such link and its impact on clinic use. Multiple data collection strategies were used to document a developing school/clinic relationship and constant comparative analysis was used to develop hypotheses from the data as follows: black small circle A few teachers have a good knowledge of local sexual health services and extensive experience of referring to them. black small circle Most tutors (despite their pastoral role) have little knowledge of local sexual health services and no experience of referring to them. black small circle Organising work in the school is difficult because teachers have little non-teaching time and a variable commitment to sex and relationship education. black small circle The link between the clinic and the school has facilitated access to the clinic by school pupils. black small circle Outreach work is more effective when young people meet the outreach worker repeatedly in different settings. Each hypothesis is presented with its supporting data. This information is consistent with what is known about the benefits of school/clinic links and adds to what is known about the process of developing and maintaining such links. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved)

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