risks and capacities
a peer-led educational resource to address sexual risks among young
This project was
undertaken by ARK and Brook Northern Ireland (Brook NI) from April to
December 2013. Brook
is the only UK national voluntary sector provider of free and confidential
sexual health advice and services specifically for young people under
25. The project was co-funded by the ESRC's
Knowledge Exchange programme.
This project was
based on data collected in the 2010 and 2011 YLT surveys, namely questions
grooming and risks faced by young people (2010) and 16-year olds'
The main objective
of this project was to facilitate sexual capacity and confidence
building among young people in Northern Ireland who are at the start
of their sexual careers, ie. who have not been sexually active or have
only been sexually active for a short period of time.
- We distributed
questionnaires among Brook clients to collect a booster sample for
the YLT surveys (dataset available here).
- We trained peer
researchers to work alongside us on this project.
- We undertook
7 participatory group work sessions with young people across Northern
- We developed
a website and a poster about sexual risks.
- We gave an ARK
seminar on this project as well as other presentations, for example
at the 2013 Northern Ireland Sexual Health Conference and the 2014
Sexual Health Week celebration in Stormont.
- We made a submission
to the Regulation and Quality Improvement Agency's (RQIA) Child
Sexual Exploitation (CSE) enquiry 2014.
Outcomes and Resources
- You can find
the Final Project Report here
- Our website on
sexual risks can be found here
- View a copy of
our poster here
- View our survey
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