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Need help talking to your children?

Ten tips for talking to your child about sex and relationships 

We know that parents want to do the best they can for their children, but sometimes family life can be challenging and difficult.

Some people feel that talking to young people about sex might encourage them to start experimenting, but research has shown the opposite to be true. Good sex and relationship education can in fact prevent early sexual activity.



Parenting Support Unit

Aim to support parents/ carers in areas such as:

Communicating and building relationships with teenagers, including advice on sex and relationship guidance, health issues, substance misuse, involvement with negative peer groups.

Offering practical advice on managing challenging behaviour while encouraging good behaviour, setting boundaries and understanding child and adolescent development.

Concerns around education, (attendance, homework, truancy, getting children up and out for school in the morning and achievement).

For more information please call your local Parenting Support Unit Advisor on: 020 8379 5800

Parentline Plus

Parentline: 0808 800 2222

Feel like talking things through parent to parent?

Parentline Plus works to offer help and support through an innovative range of free, flexible, responsive services - shaped by parents for parents.

Parentline is there for any parent, any time. Free*, confidential, 24/7.

*Free from landlines and some mobile networks

Parentline Plus is a national charity that works for, and with, parents.

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Parenting Channel

This is a great website for parents/carers. It includes videos to help parents/carers talk to their children about various subjects including: sex, relationships, peer pressure, substance misuse, gangs and many more.


Speakeasy offers a non-threatening group-based opportunity for parents and carers to acquire the confidence and skills they need to talk to their children about sex and sexuality. It is designed to be fun and relaxed, providing an atmosphere where parents can learn together from their own experiences. It is locally organised.

For more information on a course near you please call your local parenting support unit advisor on 020 8379 5800

Informed Families 

Informed Families provides a wide range of information on quality childcare, early learning and support services for parents of children and young people up to age 20, to help parents and carers make informed choices for their family.

For more information visit Informed Families website

To find a service visit Enfield 's Family Information Directory

To talk to someone call: 0800 694 1066