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SHOC provides a range of education and training services and resources for primary health care, and other professionals working in Brent.
We deliver this through SHivAG a consortium of local service providers including GUM services, contraceptive services, general practitioners, practice nurses and service users.




 Project Title:  #SelfLove: (learn to self love )


·         A recent survey of 5000 students from independent and secondary schools, commissioned by Digital Awareness UK, and the Headmasters’ and Mistresses’ Conference (HMC 2017) report:

·         Many respondents indicated that social media is having a negative impact on their emotional wellbeing;

·         52% said social media makes them feel less confident about how they look or how interesting their life is.

·         The negative impact of social media is contributing to the number of young people who are unhappy;

·         Unhappiness is leading to increasing anxiety and depression, self harming, and sometimes suicide.

Evidence of emotional impact is demonstrated by increased anxiety and depression, eating disorders, self harm and suicidal ideation. Underpinning all of these affects is diminished self esteem, belonging, coping and care of the self. This has severe impact on social and educational engagement and attainment.


How do we know that young people in our community want this project?

Social media is helping to fuel a nation of deeply unhappy children the NSPCC has warned, and is showing in a rise in self harm. This phenomena is being increasingly reported in the Brent schools we provide PSHE education to, particularly and increasing in schools in the most deprived wards. No doubt this phenomena is increasing across London and the UK. Locally, Brent is showing increasing numbers of young people attending A/E, and CAMHS services due to self harm and other mental health conditions. We know this unhappiness is partly due to the constant pressure young people feel, particularly from social media, to have the perfect life or attain a certain image which is often unrealistic. Early intervention is essential if we are to reduce the number of children self harming and needing specialist mental health or emergency services. A method of providing these early interventions is for schools to deliver PSHE education teaching young people about mental health and emotional wellbeing and addressing challenging mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self harm and suicide.

Increasingly the problems associated with the negative impacts of social media are being reported, with elevated levels of distress and evident self harm amongst pupils. The Institute for Public Policy suggests that there needs to be improvement of and accessibility to support services for young people who are being adversely affected by the negative impact of social media, and that schools need to improve education, early interventions and on-going support in this domain.

Consistent feedback, and both quantative and qualitative evaluations from local schools in Brent report that social media and its impact is an increasing concern at an education level, but increasingly an issue whose impact on young peoples’ mental health and affecting mental health conditions needs to be addressed in terms of prevention and availability of early interventions.

The benefits and outcomes of #SelfLove

#SelfLove aims to produce both intrinsic and extrinsic outcomes; improving individual mental and emotional wellbeing, and wider social benefits; increased engagement and attainment socially and educationally. There is growing consensus around the role that social and emotional capabilities play in the achievement of extrinsic outcomes. We have identified consistent core sets of social and emotional capabilities that are of value to young people, and will be measured utilising a range of validating tools.


Project Title

#SelfLove (Learn to self love)

#Selflove Is a 6 week programme supporting young people 13-18 years, (and their parents, carers and teachers), resident in London, who have been identified and assessed as being at emotional and physical harm as a consequence of the negative impact of social media.

Project Aim:

#SelfLove (Learn to self love)

Is a school based programme that will offer structured support to young people (13-18 years) who have been adversely effected by the negative impact of social media, and who identify the benefit of a group process that builds their self resilience, self capabilities, resourcefulness, and self worth.

By the end of the 6 week process young people will have:

1.  An increased ability to analyse social media’s potential impact on body-image, self confidence, peer- pressure and identified effective strategies to manage these pressures;

2. Increased understanding of core self, strengths, capabilities and resourcefulness;

3. Increased confidence, resilience and self-esteem.

The main outcomes of the programme will be:

·         Self reported improvement in young people’s mental and emotional wellbeing, social and emotional capabilities, particularly those with high levels of need;

·         Young people reporting an increase in resilience, coping strategies and improved decision making;

·         Measured improvements of parents and guardians ability to support young peoples’ mental health and emotional wellbeing.


Project Description

#SelfLove, is tailored to young people from year 7 to 6th form, key stage 2, 3 and4 (13-18 years old.) There will be approximately 25 young people in each group.

Young people will be referred to the programme by schools, Pupil Referral Units (PRUs), youth and community services,  Community Mental Health Services, (CAMHS), parents and guardians who have identified a young person who is being adversely affected by social media, and who would benefit from a group orientated process that primary aims to increase a young persons’ resilience and capabilities.

Once a young person is identified, an individual assessment will be undertaken by a trained health and wellbeing practitioner to establish the value and appropriateness of the group for the individual. The group will be facilitated by 2 health and wellbeing practitioners from SHoC. We will also use volunteers/mentors from our peer education project (RProject) to support the group process.

The outcome of the project will be a report on “What Works”, in delivering the 6 week programme, and to promote evidenced outcomes and evaluation.

We will produce a training manual/handbook for dissemination to interested parties. We will undertake immediate pre-post evaluations in all the workshops sessions, and collate quarterly reports with quantative and qualitative activity data. Throughout the programme impact evaluation, summative, process and outcome measures will be employed to measure reach, participation, satisfaction and impact performance of interventions. A framework of self evaluation  by participants will be employed, as a part of a continuing personal development portfolio to measure impact and change over the 6 weeks. All components will be measured against SHoC’s quality assurance framework and delivery plan, ensuring that all elements of the programme are constructed and delivered to a consistent standard, and delivered by a skilled and competent workforce.


 Key messages #SelfLove (learn to self love )


 The 6 week programme aims to:

·          Challenge attitudes and mindsets around social expectations on body image; encourage young people to identify and examine the cultural pressures they face, and build resilience in young people; focussing on inner confidence.

·          Educate young people about examples of positive body image and encourage and promote positive stories around body confidence.

Learning Outcomes

Analyse one of many sources of pressure on body confidence, social media, and discuss its impact objectively

Describe the ways in which our similarities, differences and strengths make us unique

Demonstrate ways in which young people can increase their self-esteem and the confidence of their peers

1. Impact of Social Media

Evaluate the positive and negative impact of social media on self-esteem

Identify possible reasons for why people look at images of others on social media

Describe ways in which social media can be used in a positive way

2. Celebrating Difference

Identify possible cultural and societal reasons why people feel under pressure to look a certain way

Explain why it is important to recognise and celebrate the things which make us different

Evaluate the positive and negative impact of feeling different from others on self-esteem

3. Building Body Confidence and Self-Esteem

Evaluate the impact low body confidence can have

Can analyse different methods of building self-esteem and identify individual support networks

Can describe ways in which my self-esteem is affected by external influences


Overarching Concepts

Identity (their personal qualities, attitudes, skills, attributes and achievements and what influences these)

Relationships (including different types and in different settings)

A healthy (including physically, emotionally and socially) balanced lifestyle (including within relationships, work-life, exercise and rest, spending and saving and diet)

Diversity and equality (in all its forms)

Essential Skills

The intrapersonal skills required for self-management Critical, constructive self-reflection (including being aware of own needs, motivations and learning, strengths and next steps for development, how we are influenced by our perception of peers’ behaviour)

Recognising some of the common ways our brains can ‘trick us’ or ‘trap us’ in unhelpful thinking (including generalisation, distortion of events, deletion of information, misconceptions or misperceptions about the behaviour of peers)

Resilience (including self-motivation, adaptability, constructively managing change including setbacks and stress) Self-regulation (including managing strong emotions e.g. negativity and impulse)

Recognising and managing the need for peer approval

Identifying the interpersonal skills required for positive relationships in a wide variety of setting

 Team working (including agreeing clear and challenging outcomes, facilitation, co-operation, networking and the ability to provide, receive and respond to, constructive feedback and take on different roles; the ability to recognise and learn from others’ experience) Negotiation (including flexibility, self-advocacy and compromise) Recognising and utilising strategies for managing pressure, persuasion and coercion Responding to the need for positive affirmation for self and others

Skills of enquiry

1. Formulating questions

2. Analysis (including separating fact from opinion)

3. Evaluating social norms


Core Theme 1: Health and wellbeing

Pupils should have the opportunity to learn:

1. To recognise their personal strengths and how this affects their self-confidence and self-esteem

2. To recognise that the way in which personal qualities, attitudes, skills and achievements are evaluated by others, affects confidence and self-esteem

3. To understand that self-esteem can change with personal circumstances, such as those associated with family and friendships, achievements and employment

4. How the media portrays young people, body image and health issues and that identity is affected by a range of factors, including the media and a positive sense of self

Core Theme 2: Relationships

1. To further develop the communication skills of active listening, negotiation, offering and receiving constructive feedback and assertiveness

2. To explore the range of positive qualities people bring to relationships

How we will collate, measure and report benefits

The outcome of the project will be a report on “What Works”, in delivering the 6 week programme, and to promote evidenced outcomes and evaluation.

We will produce a training manual/handbook for dissemination to interested parties. We will undertake immediate pre-post evaluations in all the workshops sessions, and collate quarterly reports with quantative and qualitative activity data. Throughout the programme impact evaluation, summative, process and outcome measures will be employed to measure reach, participation, satisfaction and impact performance of interventions. A framework of self evaluation  by participants will be employed, as a part of a continuing personal development portfolio to measure impact and change over the 6 weeks. All components will be measured against SHoC’s quality assurance framework and delivery plan, ensuring that all elements of the programme are constructed and delivered to a consistent standard, and delivered by a skilled and competent workforce.

Brief biography

We are a highly motivated group of skilled and competent individuals who are committed to the delivery of innovative and aspirational projects that positively change young peoples lives.

Young people sit at the heart of all that we do, and “nothing is done to us without us”!

Commitment to equal opportunity, and the embracement of diversity underpin all our strategic objectives.

  SHoC was established to design and deliver evidence base health prevention and early interventions targeted at young people under 25 in Brent and Harrow. We have 18 extensive years of experience delivering community based interventions on sexual health and emotional wellbeing. Please take a look at some examples of the work we have done www.sexualhealthoncall.org


SHoC developed and maintains an award winning peer education project, RProject, recruiting young people from Black Asian and Minority populations to deliver innovative health and wellbeing education in schools and other youth and community settings. Twice winner of the Department of Education's Workplace and Development Service's Stay Safe and Stay Healthy awards, the Project has also produced quality educational resources on contraception, STIs abortion, and healthy relationships. These have achieved national dissemination.  We have well established community partnerships across health, education and the 3rd sector, and we have received commissions from Brent CCG, to support general practices to improve their responsivity and accessibility for young people, and have been commissioned by Brent Council to deliver an Integrated Health and Wellbeing service to young people in Brent. Young people are a central component of our work, and will remain so in the development of the project.



We deliver tailor-made courses to individual organisations, as well as national & regional conferences, seminars and workshops.





Update on 3rd Sexual Health Conference held on 8th May 2014 at the Quality Hotel, Wembley:


A well attended day for Brent Primary Care, covering holistic health care, Natsal findings, and psychosexual interventions, an update on contraception for the ages and also STI's plus an update on professionals on FGM and Safeguarding.


Below are links to a few of the presentations presented on the day:


Sexual health matters! Holistic care isn't  holistic without sex


Associations between health and sexual lifestyles in Britain: findings from the third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal-3)



Community management of STIs


Sexploitation and Safeguarding Children



If you would like to find out more, please get in touch.


For details on Substance Misuse and Sexual Health Training click here.



http://brentlscb.learningpool.com   where you and your colleagues can register and access free on-line and face to face training


We are also involved in a number of conferences for professionals throughout the year.  


To receive further information, contact Heather Malcolm at admin@sexualhealthoncall.org


Brent NHS is committed to the continuing professional development of its work force ensuring that all staff working in Sexual Health are skilled, confident and competent to provide the highest level of care to Brent residents.


If you or your colleagues work or support children, young people and families in Brent, did you know that you can now access FREE Brent LSCB multiagency safeguarding children training courses online at  brentlscb.learningpool.com?

Through our site you can access face to face courses on topics that include:


Working Together to Safeguard Children

Child Sexual Exploitation (New dates have been added!)


Understanding gang culture (New dates have been added!)

Female Genital Mutilation

Learning from Serious Case Reviews (New dates have been added!)

The impact of substance misuse

Working with sexually active young people


Managing allegations made against staff/volunteers


Safeguarding in the context of digital technology


Visit the site regularly to access relevant and topical Elearning and Face to Face courses as they become available to you.


Individuals are responsible for creating their own learningpool account. (If you have not done so already, go to brentlscb.learningpool.com and select ‘Create New Account’)


Once staff have their individual account set up they will be able to:


Access all safeguarding children training offered by Brent LSCB: including Elearning and Face to Face Courses

Manage their own face to face training bookings: including booking and cancelling their place (Terms and Conditions apply)

Have access to course materials and related resources (Following completion of sessions)

Evaluate and offer feedback on courses they have attended following which they can download attendance certificates.

If anyone has difficulties using this website, the dedicated LearningPool Support Team are available on  0845 543 6033   or by email support@learningpool.com



Safeguarding Children


Keeping children safe is everyone's responsibility

SAFEGUARDING is about knowing when a child is at risk or needs help and keeping children safe by:

•       protecting them from harm
•       supporting their health and development
•       making sure they grow up in a safe environment


If you are a professional working with children and families in Brent and have a concern that a child that is at risk of harm, neglect or other abuse CLICK HERE to make a referral or call the Brent Family Front Door on  020 8937 4300.   


If you are a member of the public and  you are worried or have concerns about a child or a young person CLICK HERE to report it or call the Brent Family Front Door on  020 8937 4300.


Spotting the signs: Child Sexual Exploitation


A national proforma for identifying risk of child sexual exploitation in sexual health services


Proforma A4



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Educational resources

These cover a wide range of publications, training manuals, leaflets, videos and condoms promoting sexual health including:


The R Project DVDs


The Sperm Busters is the sequel to The Blue Movie...Adventures of a Blueberry Condom.  Follow the adventures of a young woman as she travels through her own reproductive system, learning about sex, contraception, relationships and self-esteem. Click here to place an order for a DVD.


Female Genital Mutilation - A Handbook for Healthcare Professionals by Mala Morjaria.


Sexually Transmitted Infections in Primary Care - a valuable resource written by Dr Neil Lazaro

"I am delighted to welcome it, and as a practising GP I know that I will find it useful, as it provides a quick reference guide.  It may also be of use to Practice Nurses and to doctors working in other areas, such as A&E, Family Planning, HM Forces and the Prison Service." - Dr Mayur Lakhur, Chairman of Council, Royal College of General Practitioners, London SW1


HIV in Primary Care - This booklet provides essential information for GPs and the primary healthcare team on:

  • the clinical diagnosis of HIV in primary care, with photographs
  • how to offer an HIV test and give results
  • the side effects of antiretroviral therapy and how to complement specialist care
  • primary care healthcare for people with HIV, including reproductive health and immunisation
  • practice policies and systems for optimal patient care and protection of staff.


View: Guidance to General Practice for HIV Hepatitis B & C testing


HIV in primary care is instructive, practical and easy to use with a detailed contents list, comprehensive index and full colour illustrations. 

"This booklet is an important addition to practice libraries.  Its contents are relevant to the work of all general practitioners, practice nurses and primary care teams," Dr John Chisholm, Chairman of the GPC, BMA, 1997-2004.


UK National Guidelines for HIV testing 2008

New guidelines have been developed by the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH), the British HIV Association (BHIVA) and the British Infection Society (BIS) to facilitate an increase in HIV testing in all healthcare settings.  MedFASH was a member of the writing group and involved with the launch of the guidelines on September 17th 2008.  The Health Protection Agency (HPA) issued a press release to mark the launch.


Click here to view the new guidelines for HIV testing and areas where wider HIV testing policies should be considered.


Progress and Priorities - working together for high quality sexual health

Review of the National Strategy for Sexual Health and HIV: Executive Summary

Produced for the Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health and HIV by Medical Foundation for AIDS & Sexual Health (MedFASH) - July 2008


Standards for the management of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) - January 2010

The standards cover all aspects of the management of STIs including the diagnosis and treatment of individuals and the broader public health role of infection control.


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What We Do pages


"SHOC empowers health professionals to deliver the 'safer sex' message."

Practice Nurse Z Lee, Harrow.







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