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Sexpression:UK: the university students delivering sex and relationships education to schools

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 21 August 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m2816
  1. Anna Harvey, BMJ editorial scholar

The charity, Sexpression:UK, allows medical students to gain valuable communication skills while providing secondary school students with relationships and sex education

When you first enter medical school, it can be difficult to envision yourself having the confidence and knowledge to give people advice about their health. On the wards you can feel like a spare part, trying to learn and keep out of everyone’s way as they go about their tasks. Some student organisations aim to empower university students to gain experience in communicating health information outside of the medical setting, where students can develop skills that will be useful to them in their careers. One such organisation is Sexpression:UK, a charity that trains university students to provide secondary school students with free, comprehensive relationships and sex education (RSE).

Twenty years of sex education

Sexpression:UK was founded in 2000 after a group of medical students studying at University College London hosted an “exploratory” sex education workshop. The scheme was quickly formalised into a student society, with another branch forming shortly after at the University of Edinburgh. Sexpression:UK now has more than 20 local branches based in universities, as well as a national committee and board of trustees who oversee the registered charity.

Sexpression:UK exists to provide informal RSE, …

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