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The way that we get along with other people is important to most of us.

There are many ways of getting along with others.

These are called relationships.

Relationships come in many forms.

The different types of relationships include: neighbours, friends, family, workmates, boyfriends and girlfriends.

Dating is when 2 people go out together to see if they like each other.
You go on a date with someone to see if you want them to be your girlfriend or boyfriend.

The sex part of relationships may be important.

Healthy relationships can mean different things to different people. Families are important and may play a big part in your life. Staff should ask you what you think, about what help you need with relationships and sex and when an important decision has to be made about your sexual health.

However, you have the right to keep stuff about relationships and sex private from your family if you want to. Staff should always ask you first before talking to your family.  Staff should protect you from people who may hurt you and help you learn how to protect yourself. You may need to find out about:

·         How to make decisions about whether people can be trusted

·         How to say you don’t want to have a relationship with someone

·         Good touch and bad touch

·         Who to tell if someone is hurting you

A healthy sex life is an important part of a person’s wellbeing. People can sometimes have difficulties, for example:

•         Unintended pregnancy

•         Sexually transmitted infections

•         Low self esteem, anxiety or depression

•         Passing infections on to others

•         Relationship problems.

Suggestions which may help:

•          Hugging and kissing can be as rewarding as sex

•          Sex should be fun and not harmful to anyone

•         Intimacy results from awareness of your partners needs as well as your own

•         Discuss any problems away from the bedroom

•         Ask for professional advice if necessary or seek  advice from the NHS Choices website www.nhs.uk

•         Be honest about what you want from your partner.