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Equality impact assessment - relationships and sexual health policy of the youth development service

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1. What is the name of the policy or service that is being assessed?

Relationships and sexual health policy of the Youth Development Service

2. What are the aims of the policy or service? Whose needs is it designed to meet? What are the current priorities?

The Youth Development Service aims to enable young people to make a successful transition from child to in dependent adult. In doing so, they develop an understanding and enthusiasm for learning and use this to realise their full potential as both individuals and members of their wider communities – locally, nationally and globally.

The policy aims to support service staff, by providing a clear framework for the management and practice of youth work in relation to relationships and sexual health education within the youth work curriculum.

The current priorities in relation to this work are to:-

  • ensure that youth service staff understand the policy and appropriate youth work practice in this curriculum area, that they have the knowledge and confidence to deliver this curriculum area effectively
  • deliver the ‘No Worries’ scheme.
  • support young people in developing strong relationships, to avoid unwanted pregnancy and to have the competence to make healthy choices associated with their relationships and sexual health.

3. In what ways might this policy or service affect some groups of people differently? Might some groups find it harder to access the service? Do some groups have particular needs that are not well met by the current policy or service?

  • young people living in rural areas rather than the market towns of Wiltshire may not have equal access to services or information about services.
  • young people who do not access Youth Service provision may lack awareness of the opportunities and services available to them.
  • young lesbians and young gay men may find it difficult to access relationships and sexual health education provision which meets their needs.
  • cultural and/or religious beliefs may lead to some young people feeling uncomfortable about accessing relationships and sexual health education or services.
  • young people who are not ‘English speakers’ may not have equal access to information or services.
  • youth work provision has largely been mixed gender work thus limiting the opportunities for those young people who may feel more comfortable in a single gender environment for relationships and sexual health education.
  • There is a lack of youth workers with the competence and confidence to deliver good quality sexual health education to young people with learning disabilities and disabled young people, as promoted within the policy; thus these young people at present do not have equal access to provision.

4. What evidence do you have for your judgement? Is there evidence of public concern (e.g. complaints)? Have staff raised concerns? Is there local or national research to suggest that there could be a problem?

  • Wiltshire is a sparsely populated county; it has widely separated market towns, villages and isolated houses.
  • The youth development service is in contact with approximately 35% of the 13-19 year olds thus 65% are not in direct contact with the service, some will access information about opportunities and services available to them through the Spark website, radio, other agencies and other promotional/information materials.
  • Teenage pregnancy and abortion rates and rising rates of S.T.Is, indicate there is a need for an increase in relationships and sexual health curriculum opportunities.
  • There has not been youth work provision specifically targeting the needs of young lesbians or gay men
  • Youth workers have identified training needs for work with disabled young people.
  • Young people have identified the need for better sex and relationships education.

5. Who have you consulted with as part of your assessment? What were the results? Have you published the results of that consultation? If so, where?

Guidance on the compiling of the policy was provided by the National Youth Agency.

The Policy was written in partnership with staff of the Health Promotion service, the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy co-ordinator and other health specialists.

Consultation was undertaken with the Wiltshire Assembly of Youth, the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy Board, ASK and staff of the Youth Development Service.

6. If you have found that the policy or service might have an adverse impact on a particular group of people, can you justify this?

It is not anticipated that this policy would have an adverse impact on any group of people.

Not all young people may benefit from the policy and the services which it underpins, attempts are being made to address this

7. If the impact cannot be justified, what do you intend to do about this? Are there changes that you could introduce which would make the policy or service work better for this group of people? Is further research or consultation required?

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8. How will you monitor the take-up or impact of the policy or service in future?

  • Staff engaging in the training to deliver ‘No Worries’ is being monitored; there is an expectation that all youth work provision will have staff who have undertaken this training and are competent to deliver ‘No Worries.’
  • Delivery of ‘No Worries’ training to young people (who would have identified themselves as sexually active) is being monitored by Youth Development Co-ordinators, this will evidence the impact of this element of the policy on young people.
  • TPSB are monitoring the statistics for teenage pregnancies in Wiltshire; this policy should contribute to the reduction of teenage pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections however it is not possible to evidence if there is a direct correlation with this policy because of the range of other contributory strategies and practices.
  • Evidence of examples of good youth work curriculum practice in relation to relationships and sexual health work.

9. What actions do you plan to take as a result of this equality impact assessment? Please state any resource implications

  • To identify the training needs of workers engaged in working with disabled young people/ young people with learning disabilities to ensure that they have the skills and confidence to address relationships and sexual health education work with these young people.
  • Some of this work may be achieved at no cost through partner organisations; training budgets will be used to access additional costs.

10. There is a legal requirement to publish the outcomes of Equality Impact Assessments. Please outline how / where this will happen

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11. Name of person completing form

Head of Youth Development

Date assessment completed

24th July 2006

12. Senior manager approval

Assistant Director Resources, Improvement and Young People

Date

10 October 2007

Contact Details (LiveLink)

Multiple Contacts:
eMail: equalities@wiltshire.gov.uk
Telephone:
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Fax:
Postal Address: Equality & Diversity Team
Wiltshire Council
County Hall
Trowbridge
Wiltshire
BA14 8JN
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Last updated: 14 May 2009

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