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Supporting vulnerable adults attending sexual health services – The Sandyford Approach

Supporting vulnerable adults attending sexual health services – The Sandyford Approach

Investment in young people’s health and education is critical for their wellbeing, resilience and development. The recognition that young people are also human rights holders and sexual beings, entitled to enjoy their sexuality, is a more contentious concept.

In some countries, parents’ desire to protect their children from unplanned pregnancy, STIs and exploitation makes it difficult to accept young people’s desire for meaningful relationships, their need for information and confidential services, and thus deny them rights linked to their sexuality. The outcomes are often negative, shrouding sexuality in fear and guilt. Conversely, in other areas young people may be denied their human rights in other ways as parents seek to impose harmful traditional practices, or forced early marriage.

Sandyford is an integrated Community Sexual and Reproductive Health Service serving Greater Glasgow & Clyde; and has deveolped its services overtime, to support clients who may face barriers to addressing or recognising their sexual health needs. The aim of this presentation is:
a) To raise awareness of the challenges faced by excluded and vulnerable groups,
b) To demonstrate the need for developing specific ,client-centred, holistic services,
and c) To highlight the difficulties in providing such services; including the importance of multiagency working and when to breach confidentiality.
Case presentations will be used to highlight the above and lead discussion.

Conference: WAS Glasgow 2011
Areas of Interest / Categories: WAS 2011

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