Resources for working with children, young people and families

Healthy sexuality and relationship development

This sexuality and relationship development resource has been developed by Tusla for practitioners who work with children and young people in care as a part of their broader Empowering Practitioners and Practice Initiative (EPPI).

However, much of it will also be of use to professionals working with a wider cohort of young people. It is therefore being made available in a pdf format to those who cannot access Tusla’s intranet.

It is essential that the content of this toolkit is considered with reference to relevant professional practice guidelines and organisational policy; within the appropriate legal frameworks.

Healthy sexuality and relationship development: The education and support needs of children and young people in care. A Toolkit for Practitioners (PDF, size 101.5 KB, 2 pages)

The Sexuality Wheel

The Sexuality Wheel is a resource that highlights the many elements that make up a person’s sexuality and is used to help us understand the connection between our sexuality and who we are as human beings.

The Sexuality Wheel (PDF, size 101.5 KB, 2 pages)

Growing Up Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender

Growing Up Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (2012) is a resource to support the delivery of Relationships and Sexuality Education within the SPHE programme. This resource was developed by the Department of Education and Skills and the Health Service Executive (HSE) in conjunction with GLEN (Gay and Lesbian Equality Network) and BeLonG To Youth Services.

Download the full suite of videos from Vimeo here

Read the PDST.ie guide on Growing up lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (PDF, 1.44MB, 82 pages)

TRUST

The TRUST resource (2006) supports the delivery of Relationships and Sexuality Education at senior cycle. The resource includes lesson plans covering topics on the Senior Cycle RSE curriculum.

Download the full suite of videos from Vimeo here

Download the TRUST resource

Busy Bodies

Busy Bodies (2020) is an updated version of the resource originally published in 2007. It is an information booklet on the topics of puberty and adolescence that parents or guardians can use with their children. The video material is not updated but is still of use in the home and school setting. 

Download the full suite of videos from Vimeo

Download the Busy Bodies booklet