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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. 
  • Have casual and frequent conversations – don’t make it a formal lecture. Be honest and provide as much information that is suitable for their age.
  • Parents and carers, are one of the most influential role models for their children. When talking about relationships, sex and sexuality cover a broad range of topics.
  • Establish ground rules about sexual behaviour in the home.  
  • It is common for parents and carers to feel awkward or unsure when talking to their children about sex and sexuality. Avoiding the conversation will not stop young people from having sex or keep them safe.

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Reviewed on: 01-09-2023