Championing healthy relationships

and sexual wellbeing


7th September 2021

As September marks the start of a new academic year, the beginning of autumn is a fresh start – but it is also a time when we reflect on the previous 12 months and give thanks for all the people who have been reached and impacted by the work of the ACET family.

We want to take this opportunity to extend...

28th June 2021

When we were young, I think this was the most asked question, “What do you want to do when you grow up?"

Now that we are grown up (and hopefully are who we wanted to be), what have we done? For some people that is an invitation to list the jobs they’ve had, the places they‘ve been, and the people they’ve loved.

For others...

15th June 2021

RSE day is a chance to celebrate all the amazing relationships and sex education that is happening in the lives of young people. 

Throughout the pandemic, the amazing members of the Esteem network never stopped finding new and effective ways to support young people. We had members switch to providing live video link...

17th May 2021

The question everyone wants to ask, whether they are friends and family or the social worker assessing us, is “Why do you want to foster?”

I think I’ve just about trained myself to answer this question without crying, though I can still feel the emotion bubbling somewhere in my chest.

For us, it’s not about...

4th May 2021

“Would you forgive me if I lost my battle with life?”

The text came through late in the night and I didn’t pick it up until the morning.

Thankfully, Dara didn’t lose his battle with life that night but he has been battling with negative thoughts for a long time. And these have increased...

24th March 2021

Welcome to the ‘technology’ issue of Salt and Light. In this newsletter, we will explore how ever-developing technology and its associated media can influence how young people view relationships and sex.

And, as the world becomes increasingly connected, we will also share some stories of how the ACET family is using technology to...

24th March 2021

Although a digital divide still exists in our world (i.e. 1.1 billion people do not have access to electricity so could not charge a phone or tablet even if they had one), the ownership of mobile devices has grown exponentially in recent years.

Global smartphone users have increased by 40% in the past 4 years, and Statista predicts that...

24th March 2021

So, what is grooming?

The NSPCC defines grooming as ‘when someone builds a relationship, trust and emotional connection with a child or young person so they can manipulate, exploit and abuse them.'

They emphasise that anyone can be a groomer - and that grooming can happen both online and in person.