Teen SENSE Model Sexual Health Education Standards for Youth in State Custody, Center for HIV Law and Policy (2012)
- Resource Type
Guides (Legal or Medical)
The Teen SENSE Model Sexual Health Education Standards for Youth in State Custody are designed to reflect the minimum requirements of curricula that meet the sexual health knowledge needs of LGBTQ and heterosexual youth in out-of-home custody. The Model Sexual Health Education Standards include:
- content goals (divided according to the time a youth spends at a state facility),
- instructional characteristics (standards to which classroom environments and practices should adhere),
- and instructor characteristics (which set forth competencies that teachers of sexual health education should possess).
Under these standards, youth in state custody should receive at least basic information on STI and HIV transmission in addition to a list of community resources related to pregnancy, STI prevention, sexual violence, and LGBTQ discrimination – regardless of whether a youth is in custody for 24 hours or for over two months. As a youth's time in state custody increases, so should his or her access to information on topics including contraception, reproductive choice, anatomy, and drug use/harm reduction skills. Classroom environments and teachers themselves should demonstrate non-judgmental, inclusive attitudes that create a comfortable space for youth of any sexual orientation and gender identity to learn about all points on the spectrum of sexual orientation, adopt safer sex practices, and develop levels of understanding and skills that increase sexual health into adulthood while reducing the incidence and tolerance of sexual abuse.
Click here to download this document [ 571.50 kB ]
Was this resource helpful?