Sexual Health

Healthwatch Devon would like to introduce an ambitious youth engagement project we are running with 16-20 year olds.

Following engagement work and surveys, we have been told consistently that Sexual Health is an issue of utmost important to young people in Devon. Findings from Healthwatch Devon’s report, Children and Young People Speak Out on Health and Care services (2016), reported Sexual Health as the second most important healthcare issue to respondents. 

Sexual Health is a broad topic, covering everything from sexual health clinics and pharmacies to the content of PSHE lessons. As the potential for topics under the banner of sexual health is so large we are first distributing a survey – to be completed by 25 March (link below). The results from this survey will be used to inform more exploratory focus groups – to run in April.

We want to better understand Devon’s current sexual health context – it’s education and it’s services, and what young people need and want from them. All findings will be shared widely with schools, youth centres and representatives of health services.

This survey is now closed.

Thank you to all 16-20 year olds who took part and all organisations who supported this consultation by sharing the survey. Findings of the report and subsequent focus groups will be made available soon.

What young people told us in 2016

A third of the 427 respondents thought staff attitudes could be improved

“Be less judgemental with sexual health as even going to get more pills, they ask you a lot of unwanted questions.”

“have more talks to raise awareness in school…”

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For enquiries and more information please contact Harry Bonnell, Youth Engagement Officer,


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