Resources and sources of support for parents or carers

Making the ‘Big Talk’ many small talks: For parents of 4 - 7 year olds

This resource comprises of 2 booklets: a resource to support parents have conversations with their children aged 4 to 7 about relationships and healthy sexuality development and a story booklet, Tom’s Power Flower - to be read by parents to their children explaining how babies are made.

Making the ‘Big Talk’ many small talks: For parents of 8 - 12 year olds

A resource to support parents have conversations with their children aged 8 to 12 about relationships and healthy sexuality development.

Making the ‘Big Talk’ many small talks: Healthy Ireland library collection

This brochure lists a range of commercial RSE-related books available in the 330 local libraries across Ireland.

Busy Bodies - a booklet for children on the topics of puberty and adolescence

An information booklet for parents and primary school children on puberty.

Supporting parents communicating research

Supporting Parents Communicating with Children Aged 4–9 Years about Relationships, Sexuality and Growing Up

The research was commissioned to gain an understanding of the experiences and challenges faced by parents when communicating with their younger children about relationships, sexuality and growing up.

The report provides a fascinating insight into the experiences and feelings of parents around this subject and a deeper understanding of the issues they face.

The research was led by Dr Catherine Conlon, Assistant Professor in Social Policy at the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College, Dublin. The findings will inform the implementation of the National Sexual health Strategy 2015 – 2020 to develop supports for parents to engage with their children around relationships, sexuality and growing up.

The Stay Safe Programme

The 'Stay Safe' Programme is taught in most primary schools.

Visit a section for parents on staysafe.ie

The Underwear Rule

A simple way of teaching children about personal safety from the NSPCC in the UK. 

Coming out: a guide for parents

Advice on supporting your lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender child when they are coming out.

Information and support for all age groups

Webwise

To promote the safer use of the internet by children and young people through providing information and awareness to them, their parents and their teachers.

Belongto

National organisation supporting young LGBTI people and their parents.

TENI

National organisation supporting Transgender people, including young Transgender people and their parents.

Parenting courses and support

National Parents Council – Primary

Runs workshops for parents on talking to your child about relationships and sex. Call 01 8874475 or 01 8874481 for more information. They also have a helpline number: 01 887 4477.

IFPA - Speakeasy

A course for parents on talking to your child about relationships and sex. Also Speakeasy Plus for parents of children with a disability.

Parentline

Runs courses about parenting teenagers in schools, community groups or places of employment. They also have a confidential helpline offering support, guidance and information for parents and guardians Tel: 1890 927 277. For more details see www.parentline.ie or call 01 878 7230.