Overview of Expecting More
It is important that young people are educated about RSE so that they can make positive informed decisions about their well-being, become more self-aware, confident and independent. It is essential that young people understand consent, online relationships, intimate relationships and sexual health; and the risks and complex contexts that go with these issues. Although teenage pregnancy has significantly decreased in the last decade, it is still a prevalent issue which needs to be addressed. Through a series of workshops and interviews with teenage parents from across Cheshire West and Chester, 2engage went on to create a piece of theatre which uses real stories to highlight the different options, paths and issues that surround teenage pregnancy.
- Encourage respectful relationships and friendships.
- Inform about intimate and sexual relationships, including sexual health.
- Capture the reaction of parents, grandparents, friends and fathers of the children to give a rounded perspective.
- Give an insight into the barriers young mums face.
- Show the impact on parents’ hopes and aspirations.
- Accepting and rejecting feedback
- Understanding self-esteem can change due to circumstance
- Managing growth and change as growing up
- STIs, including HIV/AIDS
- Alcohol misuse
- Advice and support services (including sexual health)
- Strong feelings and emotions (sexual attraction)
- Different types of relationships
- Nature and importance of stable and long-term relationships for bringing up children
- Roles and responsibilities of parents and children
- Dealing with the breakdown of relationships
- Considering levels of intimacy and consequences
- Unprotected sex, unintended pregnancy and teenage parenthood
- Support services available
- Effect of alcohol on choices and sexual behaviour
- Assessing readiness for sex
- Peers supporting one another
- Different types of work and education- opportunities available