Sex and Relationship Education

There’s more than one way to build resilience

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By Gary Lovatt

Working intensively with partners from Health, Crime and Education it’s hard to get through a meeting these days without the mention of needing to build ‘better resilience’ in young people.

Indeed it’s refreshing that after years of apparent compartmentalisation of behaviours into different areas (alcohol, smoking, sexual activity, anti-social behaviour, self-harming etc) we’re learning that attitudes and behaviours generally start with addressing the protective factors that allow young people to make better, informed choices.

So how do you achieve and measure resilience? The answer is that you need to adopt a multi-targeted strategy, starting with examining the determinants of those behaviours in more detail. Read the rest of this entry »

Social Norms Specialist Joins the Team

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Social Sense is delighted to welcome Kevin Stoodley to it’s ever expanding team, joining as a full time Programme Developer.

A big advocate of Social Norms, Kevin has a wealth of experience in applying Social Norms work in the field and working with a team of academics to develop techniques around focus group research, test and re-test procedures and report writing.

Kevin’s past has seen him develop and project manage both a 3 year pilot Social Norms Intervention Programme ‘Reality Check’ in 2 Gateshead schools and a 2 year Regional Research Programme evaluating ‘Social Norms 4 Schools’ a Social Norms Intervention Programme across 16 secondary schools. Involving pupils aged 13-15 years, both projects sought to investigate sex and alcohol related risk-taking themes. In 2010, Kevin was awarded ‘Overall Winner’ status by NHS North East’s ‘Sexual Health Awards’.

Currently working towards a PhD in Psychology, Kevin has spent a significant amount of time working alongside Northumbria University to develop ethically sound and academically robust research methodologies, statistical testing and published research. Read the rest of this entry »

Roadshow Opens Up New Opportunities

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ConferenceSocial Sense attracted over 150 visitors from throughout the UK to their recent national roadshows, where engaging positively and measurably with young people was top of the agenda.

Delegates from local authorities, schools, public health groups and many more joined the team at venues in Manchester, Newcastle, London and Birmingham. Social Sense presented and discussed the work which they have been doing over the last 5 years, and the exciting and engaging future projects which are on the horizon. Read the rest of this entry »

We’re Changing Young Lives for the Better! Come & find out how!

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Investment in Early Intervention and Prevention strategies can change lives and lead to incredible physical, emotional and financial benefits.

We’re therefore delighted that over 100,000 young people are benefitting from an approach that is changing attitudes and perceptions for the better, which in turn is leading to healthier lifestyle choices for young people.

Social Sense is launching a series of events in February and March 2015 and this is your invitation to come along to find out ‘what works’ when it comes to engaging young people. Read the rest of this entry »

Exciting New R U Different? Website Launch

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We are very excited to have launched our brand new website for our world leading social norms programme R U Different? which has gone live today.

Not only does it have a fresh new look but it has been updated with the latest information for Local Authorities, Schools and even Parents.
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Do you want to join us?

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Merthyr Tydfil, Walthamstow, Brentwood, Fife, Margate, Rochdale and Newcastle – just some of the places where we’re not!

But with your help perhaps we could be… Read the rest of this entry »

It’s the ‘why’ that inspires ‘what’ we do

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The summer gives us all a great opportunity to reflect on what we need do over the next 12 months.

However, how many of us really take the time to stop and think about why we are going to do it?

Today I thought I’d share with you Social Sense’s ‘7 Big Why’s’ – i.e. the reasons we set up programmes like R U Different? to positively disrupt and improve the lives of thousands.

It is after all, the ‘why’s’ that inspire us all to do ‘what’ we do. Read the rest of this entry »