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Project information

Esteem: Championing quality RSE for young people

To improve the wellbeing and sexual health of 23,000 young people in the UK through delivering our Esteem programme in schools and training youth practitioners. Our aim is to increase young people’s knowledge and confidence so they can make wise and healthy choices about relationships and sex .

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: acet UK

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  • Need


    Sexting is part of everyday life for almost half of teenagers and 6/10 young people say that pornography’s pervasiveness made growing up difficult. Too many young people still transition into adulthood with inaccurate or incomplete information, leaving them vulnerable. Currently young people aged 15 – 24 experience the highest rates of STIs in the UK. Preventative work is vital to ensure that young people are equipped with the information and skills needed to improve their health and wellbeing.


    We support young people through our education delivery, training of external educators, and equipping of parents. Our interactive sessions with young people encourage critical thinking and empower them to make informed and considered decisions. To ensure more young people receive this high quality education we train & equip youth workers, teachers, churches & organisations in our Esteem programme. We also train parents so they can confidently talk to their children about relationships and sex

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Educate young people to increase their knowledge & confidence about relationships & sexual health


    » Partner with 12 secondary schools in London, building on the strong relationships we have with their teaching staff and students
    » Provide sessions on topics such as self-esteem, puberty, relationships, consent, teenage pregnancy, STIs & HIV, sexting, pornography & media, etc.
    » Gather feedback forms, testimonials and case studies to show evidence of changes in knowledge and improvements in health and wellbeing
    » Expand our curriculum, developing new resources and lesson plans with input from young people and adhering to government guidelines for RSE

    What success will look like

    Feedback forms, testimonials, and case studies will show improvements in the knowledge and confidence of 1,938 young people about relationships and sexual health.

    Aim 2

    Equip a network of external educators to deliver relationships and sex education in their contexts


    » Provide 5 four-day training courses in our Esteem programme, growing our network to 93 members delivering RSE for 11-18 year olds
    » Accredit our bespoke programmes with the Open College Network so that more youth practitioners are recognized as experts in specialised RSE delivery
    » Equip members of our Esteem network with new session plans, resources, bespoke programmes, up-to-date research and statistics about RSE
    » Provide ongoing support (i.e. phone calls, emails, visits) and continued training for our educators to help them overcome any challenges

    What success will look like

    93 educators will be actively delivering our Esteem education programme & be supported & resourced in their contexts to reach 21,062 young people.

    Aim 3

    Equip parents/carers to effectively support their children in the transition to adulthood


    » Collaborate with existing school & church partners to offer 6 workshops that improve parents/carers ability to approach RSE positively
    » Provide parents/carers & external educators with resources specially designed to encourage informative & age-appropriate discussions within families
    » Use our expertise to offer online content to parents/carers around how to talk to their children about relationships and sex.
    » Actively promote our workshops so that more parents/carers can gain access to information, practical suggestions, resources, and support

    What success will look like

    At least 200 parents/carers will demonstrate an increase in their knowledge and confidence to discuss RSE with their children through feedback forms and testimonials.

  • Impact


    This project will promote positive relationships & challenge unhealthy perspectives about relationships & sex; contributing to a reduction in unplanned pregnancies, HIV, STIs, & risky/harmful sexual practices. It will help young people increase their sense of self-worth & their confidence, leading to better health & an improved quality of life. Our educators work closely with their local schools, youth & community groups to follow young people’s development & measure success through feedback.


    The growth of our network and our support for parents relies heavily on marketing and promotion of our Esteem training courses and events. We have a marketing strategy which seeks to expand our reach via social media to the most likely interested parties. We closely monitor our planned outputs and could include additional courses or events should they be required to meet our targets.


    Donors will receive regular updates from us via their preferred method of communication sharing the activities we have carried out and impact the project is making as well as any necessary changes.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £74,950

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,078 Direct education delivery Multi-sessional delivery within 12 schools in Southwark and neighbouring boroughs
      £13,330 Training external educators 5 four-day training courses, including accrediting bespoke programmes with the Open College Network
      £3,336 Parents/carers' education Delivering 6 workshops for parents/carers
      £11,060 Resource development Expanding Esteem curriculum, developing new materials, creating educational videos for young people
      £15,994 Ongoing member support Supporting 93 members with update training events, onsite visits, phone calls & emails
      £2,727 Monitoring and evaluation Administering pre & post session feedback forms, 6 monthly reviews, & collecting case studies
      £8,866 Marketing and administration Including exhibiting, promotional materials, office costs and membership support
      £7,559 Project support Including CEO input and staff training

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Gifts from Charitable Trusts & Foundations towards this project £27,500 Guaranteed
    Committed giving to this project £4,000 Guaranteed
    Anticipated income from education delivery in schools, training, resources, and Network memberships £25,000 Conditional
  • Background


    This project will serve young people throughout the UK. Our current 63 Network members reach young people in 23 different counties and city centres across the country & we plan to expand this reach as the project unfolds in 2019. Our centre of best practice for education delivery is based in the London borough of Southwark. Here we work with schools and alternative education providers to deliver lessons, pilot new resources & session plans, & support young people with their health & wellbeing.


    23,293 people; 1,938 young people through our direct education delivery, at least 200 parents/carers through our workshops and online content, 93 educators through their Esteem training and membership, and a further 21,062 young people through the delivery of our Esteem programme by these members. We want as many young people as possible to access our Esteem education and resources to support them in their decision making about relationships and sexual health.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    For 30 years, acet UK has passionately championed relationships & sex education as a foundation for HIV prevention. Our Esteem programme was carefully developed through research, focus groups with young people & feedback from our educators, teaching staff, & parents. Since we began delivery in Southwark in 2011, there has been a reduction of 42% in teenage conceptions in the borough (2011-2015) compared with an overall London reduction of 33%. We are proud to have contributed to this reduction.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sarah Smith, Chief Executive

    Sarah has delivered RSE to 1000s of young people and trained hundreds of others to do the same. She has completed the National PSHE CPD programme.

    Gareth Cheesman, Esteem Network Director

    Gareth trains & supports our network of educators delivering RSE in youth settings across the UK. He is pursuing a Masters in Public Health.

    Esther Bonsu, Schools Work Coordinator (RSE)

    Esther delivers Esteem sessions & supports our Southwark partners. Her training includes focused mentoring, working with gangs, & anger management.

    Paul Semakula, Schools Worker (RSE)

    With a heart for young people, Paul delivers Esteem sessions using his previous experience promoting sexual health and STI screenings in schools.

What young people say about our Esteem lessons

BEST LESSON EVER! I liked the demonstrations, inspiring speeches and that my confidence was boosted.

Year 8 student