Dr Jane Ashby (Chair)
Dr Sophie Herbert (Secretary)
Dr Kimberley Forbes (Co-ordinator for external consultations)
Vacant (Web co-ordinator)
- Ms Eleanor Cochrane (YP representative)
- Dr Ellen Dwyer
- Dr Sarah Edwards
- Dr Sophie Flavell
- Dr Sophie Forsyth
- Dr Elizabeth Hamlyn
- Dr Olivia Hum (GP representative)
- Dr Harriet Le Voir
- Ms Sarah McCarthy (SpN representative)
- Dr Chantal Oxenham
- Dr Sophie Ramsden
- Dr Claire Robertson
- Dr Karen Rogstad
- Dr Selena Singh
- Ms Effi Stergiopoulou (HA representative)
- Dr Verity Sullivan
- Dr Rebecca Thomson-Glover
- Darren Tippetts (HA representative)
- Dr Dawn Wilkinson
Terms of Reference:
The Adolescent special interest group consists of clinicians working in sexual health and with an interest in issues related to the sexual health of young people.
We meet quarterly for and plan research studies, training and educational meetings; respond to related national consultations and develop and contribute to guideline development in related fields of young people’s sexual health.
Over the past few years, we have continued to focus on safeguarding children and young people from child sexual exploitation.
Since the start of the covid-19 pandemic ASIG have sought to review and advise on best practice to continue to engage and provide sexual health to young people and continue to promote ongoing engagement with young people as services evolve with ongoing changes.
Click here to see terms of references for the Adolescent Special Interest Group
Review of updates to the Brook Spotting the Signs proforma - stakeholder involvement.
National YP survey of access to sexual health clinics.
Update of HYPNET/CHIVA/BASHH/BHIVA guidance on the management of sexual and reproductive health for adolescents living with HIV – led by Elizabeth Hamlyn.
With Royal College of Paediatrics – developing PIL for virtual consultations.
Updated modules in e-LFH relevant to ASIG (this work is ongoing).
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Heath (RCPCH) update of The Physical Signs of Child Sexual Abuse - BASHH ASIG stakeholder involvement.
Contributions to chapters within Forensic Medicine (Karen Rogstad) and Medicine (Sophie Herbert).
Updates to STI foundation course young person’s workshop.
Recent Projects and Outputs:
Statement for promotion of consideration of YP sexual health services access Jan 2022
BASHH STI and Related Conditions in Children and Young People 2021
ASIG educational day November 2021
BASHH scientific meeting June 2021 (virtual)
Updated modules in e-LFH relevant to ASIG (this work is ongoing) - adolescent sexual health
Continued representation at the national CPAI meetings – 3 times a year, currently in virtual format
BASHH members Q&A national members survey about YP access to services during COVID December 2021.
Thomson-Glover R, Hamlett H, Weston D, Ashby J.Sex Transm Infect. 2020 Nov;96(7):473-474. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2020-054699.
Flavell S, Forsyth S, Wilkinson D.Sex Transm Infect. 2020 Jun;96(4):237. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2020-054478.
Ashby J, Richardson A, Brawley D, Hamlyn E; BASHH Adolescent Special Interest Group.Sex Transm Infect. 2019 Sep;95(6):470. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2018-053927.PMID: 31431567 No abstract available.
Spotting the Signs: a national toolkit to help identify young people at risk of child sexual exploitation.
Ashby J, Rogstad K, Forsyth S, Wilkinson D.Sex Transm Infect. 2015 Jun;91(4):231. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2014-051972.PMID: 25990777 No abstract available.
Latest updates and guidance:
Adolescent Special Interest Group Statement on Engaging Young People (YP) during covid-19 recovery - January 2022.
Adolescent Special Interest Group Statement on Engaging Young People (YP) during times of restricted clinic access - July 2021.
ASIG Statement can be found here.
Guidelines and publications:
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse investigation reports
National Crime Agencies guidance on County lines
2018 Publication county lines drug supply, vulnerability and harm
Police Action in Response to Youth Produced Sexual Imagery (‘Sexting’)
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BASHH National Guidelines for the Management of STIs and Related Conditions in Children and Young People 2021
Brook Charity Young Peoples Sexual Health and Wellbeing
BASHH Management of Adult and Adolescent Complainants of Sexual Assault 2011
BASHH Recommendations for Integrated Sexual Health Services for Trans, Including Non-binary, People
2011 SRHC of adolescents living with HIV
NICE pathway harmful sexual behaviour among children and young people overview 2020
NICE pathway preventing sexually transmitted infections and under 18s conceptions overview 2020
NICE pathway contraception services for under 25s 2021
NICE pathway looked after babies, children and young people 2021
NICE pathway transition from children's to adults' services 2021
GMC guidance: Protecting children and young people: the responsibilities of all doctors
GMC Guidance for doctors working with young people
'You're Welcome', the Department of Health's quality criteria for young people friendly health services.
HM Government; A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. 2018
Department for Education: Child sexual exploitation Definition and a guide for practitioners, local leaders and decision makers working to protect children from child sexual exploitation 2017
Physical signs of child sexual abuse (2015); Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) publication
Related organisations/useful resources:
Key Data for Young People https://ayph-youthhealthdata.org.uk/
Faculty of sexual and reproductive health
Brook, the young people's sexual health & wellbeing charity
Brandon Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy for Young People
The National Working Group (Sexually Exploited Children and Young People)
The National Society for the protection of Children
Parents against child sexual exploitation
Children’s Association of HIV
Educational resources and e-learning modules:
E learning for healthcare; e-LfH is a Health Education England Programme in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies
Home Office learning module and assessment on FGM
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health:
Exploitation of children and young people - online learning
Female genital mutilation - online learning
Physical signs of child sexual abuse - educational resources and webinar
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health; Management of Sexually Transmitted Infections
Brook e-learning tool - Combating CSE an online learning tool for health professionals
Teaching Resources for HCP who engage with Care Leavers and CYP in care
Looked After Children video: https://www.powtoon.com/c/eXUqshyeiFJ/1/m
Care Leaver video: https://www.powtoon.com/c/gliMNL5lAYm/1/m
Awaiting re-arranged Safeguarding Education Event Jan 2021.
ASIG input into Section 14 of the GUM curriculum
Physical Signs of Child Sexual Abuse, Launched May 2015 [2nd edition] with input from BASHH ASIG members on the STI working group. Includes chapter on STIs as a marker of abuse and section in Good Practice chapter on testing for STIs. Poster submitted to World Conference on HIV and STIs, Brisbane September 2015, with ASIG involvement acknowledged.
Response to consultation on impact and cost-effectiveness of a targeted programme of vaccinating MSM, in GU and HIV clinics (ASIG and SV groups)
BASHH ASIG Response to Home Office consultation on FGM mandatory reporting duty; coordinated by Dr Kimberley Forbes
ASIG input on BASHH NAG 2015 National re-audit of the management of under 16s (13 – 15 year olds) attending sexual health services
BASHH / HPE fellowship study led by Chris Ward on GC, CT and TV as markers of child sexual exploitation. ASIG member network used as resource for clinical data collection. Study presented as oral at BASHH Spring Meeting, Glasgow June 2015 and World Conference on HIV and STIs, Brisbane September 2015 plus poster BASHH 2016. Are sexually transmitted infections associated with child sexual exploitation (CSE) in under 16 year olds attending Genitourinary Medicine clinics.
E-learning Module for RCPCH Healthy Child e-learning programme on behalf of YAASG Management of Sexually Transmitted Infections AH_09_004 (Karen Rogstad) https://bashh.org/media/4924/hcp-0-18-curriculum.pdf
BASHH ASIG stakeholder response August 2015 - NICE Call for evidence on Harmful sexual behaviour among children and young people [coordinated by Kimberley Forbes] www.nice.org.uk/guidance/indevelopment/GID-PHG66/consultation/harmful-sexual-behaviour-among-children-and-young-people-call-for-evidence-2