Why I Prefer Promoting Sex Positivity in the Community Over Its Online Alternative

Rachel Gambling, a Health Promotion Specialist at our all age service in Southend, talks about her career progression from podcasting at university to doing outreach work with Brook, and about her thoughts on the role of online spaces in the world of sexual health and wellbeing. When I was in my second year at theContinue reading “Why I Prefer Promoting Sex Positivity in the Community Over Its Online Alternative”

Why trust, autonomy and opportunity are so vital for a healthy work culture

We spoke to Jo Redding, Senior Sexual Health Nurse in Dudley, about her career journey, how her role at Brook has evolved, and why it’s so important to feel supported and valued at work. For as long as I can remember, my mum has worked in sexual health so she has been a massive influenceContinue reading “Why trust, autonomy and opportunity are so vital for a healthy work culture”

RSE at Home: Pleasure

RSE at Home with Brook is our series specially created for parents and carers who want to further support their children’s relationships and sex education at home. Brook expert staff use their knowledge and experience to give you support on how to address potentially tricky topics at home! In this blog, Brook’s Business Development andContinue reading “RSE at Home: Pleasure”

Responding to PM Boris Johnson’s comment about Gillick competence

On 6 April PM Boris Johnson made a statement in an interview with Sky News that undermines Gillick competence and young people’s rights. Brook’s Head of Policy and public Affairs Lisa Hallgarten explains what Gillick Competence is and why it is so important. What does Gillick competence mean?  In 1985 a court ruled that aContinue reading “Responding to PM Boris Johnson’s comment about Gillick competence”

Brook’s opportunities for learning and development

Brook’s Head of Quality Rachel Smith is leading on Brook’s innovative workforce development plan. Here she tells us why it’s so important to invest in the development of our staff and what the journey looks like so far. Brook has a workforce that is dedicated, passionate about the work we do and committed to ensuringContinue reading “Brook’s opportunities for learning and development”

Moving to Brook after 27 years in the NHS

Kate Sheehan, a Contraception and Sexual Health Nurse at our all age service in Southend, tells us what it was like to join Brook in June 2021 during the pandemic and after 27 years working for the NHS. I started my career in the blood transfusion service, and then was in the ambulance service forContinue reading “Moving to Brook after 27 years in the NHS”

Why virginity myths are harmful for everyone

Nick Dunne, Head of Business Development, discusses how the socially constructed concept of virginity perpetuates gender norms and stigmas and how this can impact people across all genders and sexualities.  The subject of virginity has been brought to the forefront in recent months with a ban on virginity testing being included in the Health andContinue reading “Why virginity myths are harmful for everyone”

Normalise RSE!

Lisa Hallgarten, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Brook, discusses the importance of creating positive culture change by addressing the root causes of sexual violence. CW: This article describes a range of harmful sexual behaviours including sexual violence, domestic violence, and discrimination based on gender and sexuality. Five years ago in February 2017 the ChildrenContinue reading “Normalise RSE!”

Brook response to ending the provision of telemedicine abortion

Brook is deeply disappointed by the Government announcement that telemedicine for early abortion care in England will not be made permanent. From August this year it is intended that service providers will revert to face-to-face consultations only.   The provision of telemedicine abortion in England was approved in March 2020, at the start of the pandemic, toContinue reading “Brook response to ending the provision of telemedicine abortion”

Brook’s Digital Front Door Safeguarding Journey

Helen Anderson, Digital Manager at Brook, shares her insight on Brook’s Digital Front Door Journey and overcoming the challenges of safeguarding through digital tools  Over the last 12 months we have designed, developed and implemented three new innovative digital tools that form phase one of Brook’s Digital Front Door (DFD). Our online STI testing tool our signpostingContinue reading “Brook’s Digital Front Door Safeguarding Journey”