The HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme (the Programme) is a national programme tasked with implementing Ireland’s first framework for sexual health and wellbeing, the National Sexual Health Strategy 2015 – 2020. The Programme also has a statutory responsibility for the delivery of three mandates as originally set out within the Crisis Pregnancy Agency (Establishment) Order 2001 (S.I. No. 446 of 2001).
The Programme is one of a number of national policy priority programme situated within the national Strategy and Planning function of the Health Services Executive.
The Programme delivers a programme of research, funding initiatives including crisis pregnancy counselling services, relationships and sexuality education programmes, communications campaigns, information provision and policy initiatives.
The business plan for the Programme is based on priority actions as outlined in the National Sexual Health Strategy 2015-2020 and additional actions related to the crisis pregnancy mandates. The Programme has responsibility for the implementation and monitoring of these actions which are reported on through the HSE service planning process.
To contact the Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0766 959 130
The Programme website can be found here www.sexualwellbeing.ie
In 2006, the Crisis Pregnancy Agency and the Department of Health and Children published the Irish Study of Sexual Health and Relatioships. It is a nationally representative study. For this study, 7441 Irish people from all over the country were interviewed over the phone. The study was done by the Royal College of Surgeons and the Economic and Social Research Institute.
Some of the things they told us were:
After talking to the adults, about 40 people in total, we went out and spoke to teenagers from Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Donegal, Waterford, and Louth.
We used this information to develop content for the b4udecide.ie campaign. The campaign is for teenagers most importantly, but it is also for parents, teachers and youth workers, to help them in talking to teenagers in their care about relationships and sex.