Sexual Health and Relationships
(Let’s start by talking)
Roz Bicen strongly believes all young people should have access to information relating to Sexual Health, including those sexually active during their teenage years – schools have a crucial role to play in this. It’s not just about keeping safe from sexually transmitted infections but recognising the importance of healthy relationships and how drugs, alcohol, pornography, sexting and the internet can impact on them.
Talking about sex and sexual health does not encourage young people into risky behaviour; it actually prepares them to make responsible choices when/if they are ready, and gives them the confidence to do so.
Roz will illuminate the dangers within a social environment where alcohol and recreational drugs are often present in many interpersonal relationships.
Pornography has an invasive presence on the internet and young people have easy access to it, whether deliberately or by accident. There is cause for concern about the effect of pornography on young people’s attitudes about sex, relationships and risky sexual behaviour and this needs to be talked about openly, so that young people can develop a real understanding of consent and all its implications.
Sex, sexuality and gender are issues that impact on a young person and yet are often not spoken about, thus isolating those who are questioning how they feel. Roz takes special care to offer all students an inclusive and supportive space.
Across all sexually transmitted infections, the highest rates of diagnoses continue to be seen in 16 to 24 year olds and a young person is diagnosed with chlamydia or gonorrhoea every four minutes in England and around two-thirds of chlamydia cases in England in 2020 were in the 15 to 24-year-old age bracket according to Public Health England.
Roz will address all these subjects sensitively but head on and can tailor each talk to the age group and gender composition of the audience. She is totally committed to providing comprehensive factual information without embarrassment in a memorable and interesting manner. She can also offer workshops on relationships and consent for smaller groups.
Roz Bicen has a post-graduate diploma in Psychodynamic and Humanistic Counselling, she works in private practice and also for the University of Northampton. She has run courses in schools on Peer Listening Skills with an anti-bullying content and worked as a Mediator for young people & their parents. She works behind the scenes on the ITV programme This Morning giving emotional support to contributors and viewers. She is the mother of two grown up children.