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  • Parents and carers can encourage open and honest conversations with their child about relationships, sex and sexuality as early and as often as possible. 
  • Create an environment where asking questions is encouraged.
  • It is normal to feel awkward or unsure when talking with your child about sex. Avoiding the conversation will not stop them from having sex or keep them safe.
  • As a parent or carer, you are the most influential role model your child
  • Have casual and frequent conversations on relationships, sex and sexuality with your child, don’t make it a formal lecture.
  • Relationships, sex and sexuality education should cover a broad range of topics.
  • When talking about issues such as sex with your child, be honest and give them as much information that is suitable for their age.
  • Establish ground rules about sexual behaviour in your home.  

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Reviewed on: 18-11-2020