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Preparing for Statutory RSE – Selfies, Sexting & Social Media

September 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Preparing for Statutory RSE – Selfies, Sexting & Social Media

According to statistics the average adult in the UK has at least three social media accounts, changing the way we communicate forever.

Leading the digital revolution are young people, both as consumers and content providers.  But as the choice of social media platforms increases, along with the potential for sharing every part of our lives, so do concerns about misuse and safety.

This workshop aims to equip those working with young people with the skills and basic knowledge to encourage young people to enjoy social media safely and responsibly. It explores the impact of celebrity culture and the rise of ‘brand me’ on health and wellbeing, as well as the attitudes and values behind selfies and sexting. It also looks at the risks of making, sharing and receiving intimate images, revenge porn and outlines the potential legal and social consequences of under 18’s sharing inappropriate content, even with consent.

With a perfect blend of theory and practical skills that you can use with young people.

This training consists of real-time sessions & techniquesdiscussion groups and opportunities to practice and network with each other.

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  • How and why young people use social media.
  • Increased awareness about risky behaviour on social media.
  • Wider understanding of young people’s motivations for sending and receiving inappropriate images.
  • Ideas for talking with children and young people about the risks and potential consequences of nude selfies and sexting
  • Safeguarding concerns and when to report
  • A quick guide to the law regarding appropriate and inappropriate content
  • Where to go for more information and support.

Includes the impact of pornography in RSE

With greater access and a growing number of young people saying they’re regular consumers, many teachers and youth workers are questioning how to teach about pornography and its potential impact on everything from body image to expectations of sex and relationships.

This training can be linked to your continued professional development CPD and is a great way to network with other professionals

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The session combines various teaching methods, including:

  • Discussion
  • Presentation.
  • An experiential exercise.
  • Small group and pair work.
  • Whole group discussion.
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Practitioners working with young people in groups or 1-1 settings, e.g. school staff, youth workers, residential care workers:

• Class teacher
• Learning Mentor
• Pastoral Lead
• Teaching Assistant
• Family support Worker
• Headteacher
• Assistant Head
• Social Worker
• Nurse
• Support Worker
• Youth Worker
• Parents & Carers


Vanessa Rogers is a nationally acclaimed youth work trainer and author with experience of managing a wide range of services for young people (11-25), including early intervention, youth offending and targeted services. She is best known for creating practice-based educational resources for youth workers and teachers, published worldwide by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. These provide creative ways to engage young people in learning about traditionally emotive topics including relationships and sex (RSE), pornography and peer domestic abuse to develop the life skills to make healthy, positive choices.

She continues to work with young people across the UK on a commissioned basis, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and sits on the council for the Institute for Youth Work (IYW).


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Our training courses are designed to build your understanding of key issues & give you the confidence to make a difference in young people’s lives.


Just like our ticketed events, we can deliver to a specific group or organisation, usually at a facility or a venue of the client’s choice.

We can deliver training to a group of people at your workplace, and tailor it to your needs.

Duration: Full day (flexible, but usually 10-4pm) or half day (3 hours)

Maximum participants: 22

The price includes a training pack with useful resources, end of course evaluation and a certificate of attendance.