Report from the Healthy Relationships Youth survey 2016/17

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Summary of report content

In 2016/17, Healthwatch Telford and Wrekin surveyed 4,776 young people in Year 7 – 13, to learn about their views and experiences of what healthy relationships mean to them. The work was done as part of a wider engagement to seek young people’s views on the Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) programme in the Telford and Wrekin area. This survey identified some interesting trends in healthy relationship education (HRE) and some possible concerns with regards to gender minority among young people in Telford and Wrekin. This survey attempted to capture the breadth of issues related to healthy and abusive relationships, including sexual consent, as well as identifying levels of education and awareness in areas of concern such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). It demonstrated an inconsistency in teaching, where older year groups reported lower levels of education, and a link between HRE and an improved confidence in recognising both healthy and abusive relationships. Parents and carers were identified as important sources of support, and respondents reported their relationships as healthy with them as well as their friends and partners. However, those who identified as transgender did not indicate particularly healthy relationships with any of these significant others, a concern when they designated friends as the most likely place for them to look for help if they thought they were in an unhealthy relationship. The report recommends the following: - To improve the delivery of Healthy Relationships Education to students who identify as gender minorities - Parents should be provided with advice and information about healthy relationships - To emphasise the direct impact on the understanding of issues such as sexual consent demonstrating its value within schools.

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General details

Report title 
Report from the Healthy Relationships Youth survey 2016/17
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin
Date of publication 
Friday, 1 January, 2016
Date evidence capture began 
Friday, 1 January, 2016
Date evidence capture finished 
Friday, 1 January, 2016
Type of report 
Key themes 
Communication between staff and patients
Cost of services
Health and safety
Health promotion
Other information of note about this report 
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
Primary research method used 
How was the information collected? 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Secondary care services 
Sexual health
Mental health services 
Victim support
Community services 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
1-15 years
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Not known
Does the information include staff's views? 
Does the information include other people's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.