sexeducation2The Children and Young People's Health Outcomes Forum is conducting a review of policy and practice to promote healthy relationships and improve sexual health outcomes for young people.

Professor Russell Viner and Simon Blake, who co-chair the Public Health 5-19 Pathway group, want to find out whether promoting healthy relationships, consent, safety and sexual health should be a priority for the forum.

They also want to know what should be done within the health system in those areas and who should be providing the services. The review has already carried out a survey for stakeholders. It is now seeking expert opinion in evidence and policy review, through meetings with government departments; and wants young people's input through focus groups and twitter chats.

Once the review is complete a report for the Forum will be published highlighting improvements that need to be made and what more can be done to improve outcomes for children and young people in this area. 

Prof Viner said: “This is an exciting review that can help shape and strengthen the future agenda to improve outcomes for children and young people in this important area.”

Office for National Statistics data show the under-18 conception rate is the lowest since 1969 at 27.9 conceptions per 1,000 women aged 15-17. This was a drop of 10% on the previous year, but experts say it is not enough to bring the UK in line with other western European countries.

The Forum was established in January 2012 to provide advice and challenge to the Secretary of State for Health and the emerging health system. You can find more about the Forum here: https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/children-and-young-peoples-health-outcomes-forum