Puberty can be a very confusing time for young people, as they have to deal with physical and emotional changes and bursts of hormones that can affect their moods and feelings. It is also normal at this stage for young people to start thinking about their sexuality, and to take an interest in relationships and sex.
For many parents, watching their child turn into a young adult can be an emotional experience, and finding the right words to talk about puberty can be complicated, and sometimes embarrassing. Questions about sexuality can be particularly difficult if your child has a learning disability, and as a parent you may be worried about how your son or daughter will cope with the emotional and physical aspects of a romantic relationship.
My son had some sex education at school, but like most teenage boys he found it embarrassing! In the end it was me that told him about what he should expect.
If you think your child would like to get more information on sex and contraception, they can get free confidential advice from the Brook Advisory Centre. The Family Planning Association also have information on sex and sexual health, and run Speakeasy training courses for parents and carers on how to talk to young people about sex and sexuality.