Walsh launches consultation into sexual health of young people across Slough
Young people are being called on to talk about their sexual health as part of a new initiative by Slough Borough Council. An online sexual health survey is being launched by the council for people aged 14-24 to speak up about their experiences.
Colnbrook’s James Walsh, in his capacity as Slough’s Commissioner for Health and Wellbeing has launched the borough-wide consultation.
Cllr Walsh told the Slough Express:
“Evidence tells us that young people aged 16-24 years have significantly higher rates of poor sexual health than older people and are less reluctant to seek out help. The results from the survey will help us understand why this might be the case and tailor sexual health services that are easy to access and better meet the needs of young people.”
Sexual health refers to the prevention of sexually transmitted infections, reducing the risk of unintended pregnancy, having the choice whether or not to have sex, being able to express your sexuality and having access to sexual health treatment.
The survey aims to gain a comprehensive understanding of young people’s experiences of sexual health issues and how and where they access sexual health services.
The survey can be completed online at www.slough.gov.uk/consultations before September 27.
Results will remain confidential and will not be used for other purposes.
Fast Food proposals thrown out
Meanwhile , proposals to ban the opening of takeaways near schools in order to tackle child obesity have been shot down.
Child obesity in Slough has been made a priority issue by the committee after it was revealed the borough had the highest rates in Berkshire.
Head of planning Paul Stimpson said:
“We cannot work retrospectively, we can only refuse planning permission for new applications which come in … WWe have to recognise that the provision of takeaways is an asset to the town and makes our shopping centres more buoyant and diverse.”
The issue will be discussed again at the committee’s next meeting in October.