Young People, Youth Workers and Consent

The National Youth Health Programme is a partnership between the National Youth Council of Ireland, the Health Service Executive and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. We have a national remit and our aim is to provide a broad based, flexible health promotion / education support and training service to youth work organisations and to all those working with young people in out-of-school settings. 

This work is achieved through the development of programmes and interventions specifically for and with youth organisations throughout the country and the provision of training and support for workers and volunteers who implement these programmes. 

Sexual health and the area of consent is an important area for young people and the issue of consent and lack of information to support young people is a growing area of concern. In light of this, the National Youth Health Programme, with support from the School of Psychology in NUI Galway, is seeking to develop a workshop/training on consent to support youth workers and volunteers to incorporate consent into their work with young people.  In order to create a training that is relevant and useful, we are eager to hear your thoughts on this and we invite you to complete this survey.

Youth workers are uniquely placed to understand the complexities that young people are facing in terms of consent and how they are trying to deal with this concept. The proposed training/workshop will aim to examine:

·         The main issues surrounding consent

·         Clarify the concept of consent

·         Facilitate young people to address the issue of consent in their lives and in their relationships.

** For the purposes of this survey consent is defined as a person who consents to a sexual act if they freely and voluntarily agree to engage in that act (Criminal Law Sexual Offences Act, 2017). **

Once all the information has been collected, the NYHP will analyse this information to generate a report to illustrate survey findings. Only NYCI and NYHP will have access to this information and by the end of January 2020, all information and data will be destroyed in line with the general data protection regulations (GDPR). This survey will not be collecting names of individuals. 

If you have any questions or comments please contact Lisa Harold, Health Promotion Officer, National Youth Health Programme; lisah@nyci.ie, 01-4255956.

Thank you for taking time to complete this survey as your opinions are invaluable to us. 

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* 1. Please indicate if you identify as

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* 2. What organisation do you work with?

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* 3. What target age group of young people do you work with?

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* 4. Have you received any previous training on consent? If yes, please outline below the training.

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* 5. From you experience of working with young people, what are the main issues for young people in relation to consent? 

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* 6. On a scale of 1 to 5 where 5 is very confident and 1 is not confident at all, how confident do you feel about addressing the issue of consent with young people? 

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* 7. What supports do you use (training resources, manuals, journals, websites etc) when you are supporting a young person around the area of consent?

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* 8. What does the youth work sector need to enable the youth workers, volunteers to address the issue of consent with young people? 

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* 9. Where and from who are young people learning about consent?

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* 10. Please include any further comments below if you wish? 

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