Young people’s sexual health charity Brook has a launched an online sexual behaviours traffic light tool for all professionals working with young people.
The tool uses a ‘traffic light’ system of red, amber and green to provide a simple guide to distinguishing between healthy and harmful behaviours. The tool is an aid to decision making and can help professionals in their work to support young people to stay safe and healthy and ensure that all agencies are working to the same criteria.
The resource was developed by Brook and funded by the Department for Education. For the first time it provides a common tool that everyone working with young people can use to assess and respond to behaviours. Key organisations and groups were involved in the project from the beginning and a wide range of professionals* working with young people, as well as parents and young people themselves were consulted on its development.
Sian Brady, Project Manager, Brook, said:
“Brook developed the traffic lights tool because we know that even professionals can sometimes struggle to identify risk. The traffic lights tool provides a simple way to distinguish between healthy and harmful behaviours and provides a unified approach for all professionals working with young people. It works equally well across all sectors, for example for those working in schools, youth groups, GPs and the police.”
Jane Scott, NSPCC, said:
“This website provides clear and easily accessible information for professionals from a range of agencies and something that we have often needed to provide.”
The traffic lights tool is available free online at www.brook.org.uk/traffic-lights and a PDF version can also be downloaded. The website also includes interactive training around scenarios. If you would like to find out more about training please contact us for further information and prices by email email@example.com.