Services

WISER
Schools Programme

Junior & Senior Cycle

We offer a range of tailored and interactive workshops for various ages!

The WISER programmes have been designed to promote a positive, respectful approach towards relationships and sexuality…

…that enables and empowers young people to make knowledgeable choices with regard to their sexual health and personal relationships.

Access to accurate, balanced sex education – including information about contraception and condoms – is a basic human right of young people. Such education helps young people to reduce the risks of potentially negative outcomes, such as unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Such education can also help young people to enhance the quality of their relationships and to develop decision-making skills that will prove invaluable.

In line with the vision of the Sexual Health Strategy 2015-2020, the WISER programmes support the aims of sexual health promotion, education and prevention initiatives, which are:

to encourage the development of a healthy sexuality throughout life; to enhance people’s lives and relationships; to reduce negative outcomes such as STIs and crisis pregnancies; and to create an environment that supports sexual health and wellbeing”.

The WISER programmes use effective teaching approaches that are participatory, helping students personalise information and strengthen their communication, decision making and critical thinking skills. Our programmes are constantly evolving as we keep up-to-date with current research within sexual health education and we fully support working in partnership with parents and schools to promote a safe environment within which young people can learn and develop.

THEORIES UNDERPINNING
WISER
PROGRAMMES​

Two theories which are useful in framing the WISER Junior & Senior workshops are the Health Belief Model (Becker, 1974) and the Theory of Reasoned Action (Ajzen, 1991), both of which illustrate the importance of working on attitudes and knowledge. This in turn, enhances the likelihood of a participant having the self-efficacy to carry out an action, for example having the knowledge and skills to use a condom appropriately.

Child
Protection

All staff are Garda vetted and have received Children First Training. If an incident occurs, organisational Child Protection Policies are followed and Children First Guidelines adhered to.

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- Primary School, 6th Class

The most valuable learning about relationships and sexuality comes from the home. Families are in the best position to teach their children values and attitudes towards relationships and sexuality. Although most parents want to be the primary educators for their children, many express concern about saying the wrong thing and hindering their child’s healthy sexual development. When families talk openly with children, it contributes to greater openness about sex and sexuality and improves sexual health among young people (Ingham & Van Zessen, 1998). Schools often share the same anxieties as parents, but they also have an essential role to play. As well as facilitating this aspect of students’ learning, school programmes have been found to increase parent-child communication regarding sexual health information.

Why Should We Talk About Relationships & Sexuality Education With Primary School Children?

For more information on our Primary School programme (6th Class) please contact our office or email  lorraine@sexualhealthwest.ie

Other
Workshops

We develop workshops for Youthreach Organisations, youthgroups, the prison service, direct provision centres, LGBT+ groups and any organisation/group who want to enhance the capacity of their staff in dealing with sexual health related issues. Please contact wiserireland@gmail.com for more information.

The links below provide further information on our workshops. The WISER Junior Cycle programme is delivered to young people aged between 13-15 years (e.g. in Second Year). Our WISER Senior Cycle programme is delivered to young people aged between 15-18 years (e.g. Transition Years or Leaving Certs).

eDUCATION
Is The Most Powerful Weapon Which You Can Use To Change The World

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Education Service
We provide education programmes, seminars and workshops, which are tailored to meet the needs of particular groups. The WISER programme focuses on providing people with factual information on Positive Sexual Health and STIs. This programme also address attitudes around relationships and sexuality, exploring how to make sexual experiences safe and enjoyable.

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Parenting

This workshop is a survival course for parents of teenagers. This workshop provides information and support to the parents of teenagers regarding positive sexual health and effective communication. Offering parents the skills to talk to their young people about difficult, and sometimes embarrassing issues such as pornography, body image, sexting, and relationships. Evidence shows that young people who have experienced open communication with parents or a caring adult are better prepared to communicate honestly and openly about sexuality, emotions and fears. They are also less likely to engage in risky sexual behaviour.

For more advice on talking to your children about sexual health see our For Parents section or call us on 091 566 266