FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Outspoken Sex Ed all about?
Outspoken gets parents talking openly with their children about sex and relationships.
Our interactive website and topical, inspiring live events give parents the language, knowledge, skills and confidence they say they need.
We believe that parents talking openly at home not only strengthens the parent-child connection but is also vital to our children’s wellbeing.
We aim to create the first go-to resource for parents that focuses on sex and relationships.
Ultimately Outspoken Sex Ed wants to change the conversation around sex, love, pleasure and relationships and to work towards a culture that prizes respect, inclusivity and openness
Isn’t this all a bit controversial?
The current climate of protest around relationships and sex education (RSE) is fuelled by outright misunderstandings about its delivery, content and purpose.
We understand that parents’ objections often come from a place of not knowing what is taught in school, from defence of religious beliefs, from a fear of children’s emerging sexuality or from misconceptions around stealing children’s innocence.
However, sheltering children from the facts about bodies and emotions actually leaves them vulnerable to sexual exploitation, susceptible to negative influences and more likely to seek information from unreliable sources.
In these polarised times, parents who acknowledge the many benefits of relationships and sex education are an important counterpoint to the vocal minority who oppose it
Why is open communication around sex and relationships needed?
What can parents do differently?
Parents often don’t realise that they need to reach out and talk openly with their children, ideally little and often, starting from right now. Sometimes we are not aware of our children’s lived experiences or how early exposure to sex and relationships issues can happen.
So we need to kickstart conversation with our children about facts and feelings around…
Bodies & body image
Sex & relationships
Pleasure & consent
Porn & sexting
Sexuality & identity
As with other areas of parenting, our children will mirror our confidence and everyday engagement with sex and relationships issues.
Dive into Outspoken's tips by topics to find out how!
What can parents get out of Outspoken Sex Ed?
“Teaching kids about respect is the key thing. Respect for themselves, their own body; respect for others; respect for consent. Parents need information to be able to do that” – mother in focus group (Yoan Reed 2017)
It is important for parents to feel confident in talking openly with their children about sex and relationships. Open communication improves…
- SAFEGUARDING Building up children’s resilience and decision-making so they become critical thinkers
- MENTAL HEALTH Supporting children in learning to balance physical changes and emotional issues and in becoming who they want to be
- PARENT-CHILD CONNECTION Creating an ongoing, everyday openness by being willing to tackle challenging subjects
Both the Outspoken website and its live events give parents the language, skills, knowledge and confidence to talk matter-of-factly about sex, love and relationships.
They also inspire parents to reflect on their own formative sex and relationships experiences, clarify their current attitudes and consider their approach – and their hopes for their children – going forward