Sexual and Reproductive Health
Sexual health should be seen in its widest context, taking into account the person's environment, the geography within which they live and the life stage they are at.
This strategy will seek to reduce any inequalities in delivery of sexual health services, whilst ensuring the continued delivery of outreach and community services to our underserved communities.
The strategy seeks to influence the ability for adults and young people to lead healthy lifestyles, including good sexual health, and minimise risk. This includes the provision of information and advice, promotion of key sexual health messages, distribution of safer sex materials and outreach work.
Ensuring prevention is high on the agenda and in order to meet the many sexual health challenges, effective partnership working will be key as is the involvement of the public through consultation and community engagement.
Decisions about services and programmes should be based upon the best available information and our strategy is based on our knowledge of local need as shown in the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (2018).
Personal responsibility and empowerment
Empowerment is about individuals and communities increasing control over their lives and their health (in this case, their sexual and reproductive health).