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Resources

One of things that our members have most appreciated about being part of the Esteem network is access to our resources. We are continually working on the development of new resources, gathering input from young people throughout the development process and piloting the resources before distributing amongst our network.

Our standard Esteem resources are available free to members of our Esteem network. If you are interested in attending an Esteem training course and becoming a member, please contact us.

We also have a number of resources that are available for anyone to purchase and some that are free for anyone to download.

 

Esteem Manual: 2 Puberty Collection

Photo of a teenage male armpit with body hair

This collection (including 2 lesson plans) has been designed to help young people start to understand puberty. Puberty is a significant time for young people and can be very challenging. Hormones come alive, initiating physical and emotional change and awakening sexual feelings. Young people need support in understanding these changes and in managing them. During these sessions on puberty, assure the young people that what they are going through is normal and that, although their experience of puberty may be different to other people’s experiences, it is a normal part of life which is taking them on a journey towards becoming an adult.


This resource is available for Esteem members only. For more information about training and membership click here.

Esteem Manual: 3 Relationships and Sex Collection

A Black and White photo of a teenage couple kissing

This collection (including a lesson plan) has been designed to help young understand the importance of relationships. Sex and sexual health are explored in the context of what a good and healthy relationship looks like. These sessions should help the young people to understand why it is important for key ingredients to be in place in a relationship before sexual activity takes place. Sex is a wonderful gift and has the potential to be very good, but young people also need to know about the possible negative physical and emotional consequences of sex. These sessions should help young people to understand that delaying sex is a positive choice; equip them to delay sex; and equip them to make healthy decisions about sexual activity.


This resource is available for Esteem members only. For more information about training and membership click here.

Esteem Manual: 4 Media and Technology Collection

technology and media

This collection (including 2 lesson plans) has been designed to help young people start to develop the skills to navigate the multitude of pressures modern technology can impose on their self-esteem, relationships and views on sex. We live in an age of technological advancement that is unmatched in human history. Young people are now facing both fresh opportunities and new threats to their wellbeing.


This resource is available for Esteem members only. For more information about training and membership click here.

Esteem Manual: 5 STIs Collection

Microscopic image of bacteria

This collection (including a lesson plan) has been designed to help young understand STIs but continues to keep the key messages relationship-centred. It is good to highlight that delaying sex is a great choice to make and that not everyone is having sex. Emphasise the importance and benefits of condom use for people that decide to have sex. Also explain the limitations of condoms especially for genital warts and genital herpes if the affected area of skin is not covered by the condom.

Be aware that some young people in the class may already have had unprotected sex. It is important that you deliver the session in a way that is sensitive and non-judgemental. Explain that getting tested for STIs is straight-forward and provide information about where advice and testing is available locally. Explain that a person can choose to delay sex even if they have previously engaged in sexual activity.


This resource is available for Esteem members only. For more information about training and membership click here.

Esteem Manual: 6 HIV Collection

AIDS ribbon

This collection (including two example lesson plans) has been designed to help young understand the difference between HIV and AIDS, how it is transmitted and how it can be prevented. It is important to get across the message that anyone can get HIV if they are engaging in risky behaviour – it is not restricted to certain communities or people. In this country, HIV is now described as a chronic manageable disease. There is still no cure but advances in medicine mean that a person living with HIV will not necessarily go on to develop AIDS. This medication is not consistently available in all parts of the world however and HIV continues to be a very serious issue. Emphasise that people living with HIV need support, encouragement and care and should not be stigmatised.


This resource is available for Esteem members only. For more information about training and membership click here.

Esteem Manual: 7 Relationship Skills "Consent"

How confident are young people to distinguish between Love, Lust and Romance

This collection (including a lesson plan) builds on the healthy relationships materials and helps young people develop skills to for relationships. A key topic of these activities is negotiating consent.


This resource is available for Esteem members only. For more information about training and membership click here.

Esteem Manual: 8 Emotional wellbeing and coping strategies

A smiling emoji

This collection (including a lesson plan) has been designed to cover the issues of emotional wellbeing and coping strategies with young people. The materials aim to improve the emotion wellbeing and resilience of young people.


This resource is available for Esteem members only. For more information about training and membership click here.

Esteem Manual: 9 Parenthood

Parenthood resource: Child holding an adult's hand

This collection (including a lesson plan) has been designed to cover the issue of parenthood. Historically a main focus of many public health initiatives and sex education programmes has been the reduction of teenage conceptions.


This resource is available for Esteem members only. For more information about training and membership click here.

Free Resource - Consequences of sexting

Example cards from free sexting resource

This activity has been made to help young people explore potential consequences of sending nude or sexually explicit images, especially if the image gets shared beyond the intended recipient. What are the emotional, social and legal consequences to these types of images getting shared?

This resource is available for no cost . See more information and access this resource.

Free Resource - Intimacy Pyramid

Example of pyramid cards

This activity has been designed to help young people think about what qualities make a healthy relationship and how sex could impact a relationship.

This resource is available for no cost . See more information and access this resource.

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