We asked what might stop you from keeping sexual health on the agenda in your conversations with young people. Your key worry was that you might re-traumatise those who had experienced abuse, especially sexual abuse.
How do we balance this legitimate concern with a young person’s need to have a reliable adult to talk to about healthy sex and relationships?
Some communities have experienced significant trauma – through discrimination, racism and ableism. It’s these children and young people that are over-represented in our OOHC system. We have sought the advice of experts on supporting young people who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, young people with intellectual disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ young people.
This advice is not designed to treat symptoms but to more safely and inclusively initiate conversations.
- Podcast - SHV Doing It: Trauma Informed Practice
- Resources: CREATE Tools and Resources
We highly recommend the following readings:
- Clinical practice in early psychosis: Promoting sexual health (2016) Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health.
- Mythbuster: Trauma and mental health in young people (2018) Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health.
- Playsafe Pro. Fact sheet: Trauma-informed care NSW Ministry of Health
- Sexual Health of Foster Youth: Needs Assessment Findings (2019) Faulkner, M., Borcyk, A., Sevillano, L., Doerge, K., Nulu, S., & Wasim, A., Austin, TX: The University of Texas at Austin.
Video - Am I safe and do you like me?
A trauma informed approach to sexuality education.
Video - First Nations
Video - Intellectual Disabilities
Video - LGBTQIA+
Video - What if a child is triggered?
- Website: VACCHO Centre of Excellence for Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing