NHS chief hails Health Buddies sex education scheme

An NHS chief has praised a scheme that involves teenagers giving younger children advice on condoms and other aspects of sex education.

The initiative, known as Health Buddies, sees children aged 14 and over given training on how to teach their schoolmates about a range of subjects, including contraception and puberty, reports the Daily Express.

It was launched in an effort to reduce the rate of teenage pregnancies in Dundee.

While the project has provoked criticism from some parties, Ann Eriksen of NHS Tayside said it has produced "encouraging results" and insisted the assigned Health Buddies would never use their own experiences to give guidance to their peers.

"The scheme is not about just sex, it's about emotional development and readiness for relationships," she remarked.

This is just one of a number of sex education campaigns that could encourage people to buy condoms online, with Ealing Council and NHS Ealing recently launching a programme entitled Let's Talk About It.

It is intended to run for two weeks and will come to an end on Valentine's Day.