chapter  8
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Peer Led Sex Education in the Classroom

Peer-Led Sex Education in tbe Classroom AP AUSE - Added Power and U nderstanding in Sex Education - a collaborative intervention between education, health and young people.

Introduction

The Health of the Nation! document explains that health and well-being can be partly attributed to good personal, social and, by implication, sexual relationships. Whatever their social or professional responsibilities, those concerned with promoting health are under increasing pressure to find effective strategies to combat the increasing problems faced by successive generations of adolescents. Existing, new and re-worked policies are being evaluated not only for their propensity for behaviour change but also for their cost effectiveness. Such strategies, especially in schools, are set in an increasingly challenging social context and at a time of restricted budgets. Johnson et al. 2 reported that the median age of first intercourse for men aged 16-19 was three years earlier than it was for those aged 55-59. Unwanted teenage pregnancy continues to be of great concern and the prevalence of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD's) in the under 19 population continues to rise. The chapter below outlines the process (and the theories on wh ich it is based), the programme that we have developed for delivering effective sex education to young people in secondary school. This work was based on the AP AUSE3 project which is

now moving from research to service mode and is operating in schools in Devon, North Essex and Teesside.