Highland Children’s Forum was commissioned by Highland Council to undertake a service evaluation of the school-based sexual health and relationship education programme (SHARE) during 2017-2018.
The aim of the consultation was to find out if the current sexual health and relationship education provision meets the needs of young people in Highland through an evaluation of the SHARE programme and SHARE for Additional Support Needs (ASN) provision, including the capacity of teachers to deliver it.
SHARE is an evidence-informed educational resource for use by teachers and others to support learning about relationships, sexual health and parenthood for young people aged 13–16. There is currently no specialist programme for delivering SHARE to pupils with additional support needs; in the past, a SHARE Special programme was in use in Highland schools to support the specific needs of young people with additional support needs but this provision is no longer in print. Education Scotland encourage use of their Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood Resource for Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorder as a resource for practitioners working with young people on the autistic spectrum to allow them to fully engage in this area of the curriculum.
Schools are recommended to adapt and supplement the core SHARE provision to meet the needs of young people with additional support needs. Schools can also seek assistance from the Health and Disability Team to support their teaching.