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A Sexual Health Training Needs Analysis in Kirklees: a mixed-methods design

McCluskey, Serena, Williams, Jane, Nyawata, Idah D. and Topping, Annie (2009) A Sexual Health Training Needs Analysis in Kirklees: a mixed-methods design. Project Report. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield. (Submitted)

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    Abstract

    Background
    There is good evidence that personal social and health education (PHSE), particularly
    when linked to sexual health services, can have an impact on young people’s attitudes,
    delay sexual activity, and/or reduce conception rates. However, PHSE and sexual health
    training needs in non-school settings are often not addressed, yet there are many other
    settings that young people access, often seeking advice more informally. Therefore, a
    training needs analysis was undertaken, targeting all those who work with young people
    in Kirklees in order to provide a wide-ranging assessment of their PHSE and sexual
    health training needs.
    Methods
    A mixed-methods research design was adopted, comprising of two phases. In the first
    phase, a questionnaire was designed and distributed to relevant organisations and
    personnel across Kirklees (n=296). The questionnaire asked participants to rate their
    level of competency (ranging from ‘novice’ to ‘expert’) in being able to provide young
    people with information about key areas in PHSE and sexual health. The second phase
    comprised a series of focus groups and telephone interviews to gain a more in-depth
    understanding of specific training needs and of the barriers and levers to implementing
    successful training programmes.
    Results
    Significant variations exist in sexual health training needs across Kirklees. Specific
    concerns were raised around child protection issues, communicating with young people,
    practical knowledge and skills, raising self-esteem in young people, cultural and religious
    issues, outreach, signposting, networking, and the need for multi-professional training.
    Findings also highlighted some of the inadequacies and inconsistencies in current
    training provision, and how sexual health is prioritised among relevant organisations in
    Kirklees.
    Conclusions
    Training in PHSE and sexual health affects the quality and range of services offered to
    young people, as well as access to them. In order to meet the UK government’s targets
    and reduce the burden of sexual ill-health and teenage pregnancy, these issues must be
    viewed as a top priority by those providing training and education and for those working
    with young people

    Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
    Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
    School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Health and Social Care Research
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    Depositing User: Serena Mccluskey
    Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2010 15:06
    Last Modified: 24 Mar 2011 11:12
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/6940

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