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What and how: doing good research with young people, digital intimacies, and relationships and sex education

Scott, Rachel and Smith, Clarissa (2020) What and how: doing good research with young people, digital intimacies, and relationships and sex education. Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning (Sex Education). ISSN 1468-1811

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As part of a projectfunded by the Wellcome Trust, we held a one together researchers, practitioners and policymakers, to discuss priorities for research on relationships and sex education day symposium, bringing (RSE) in a world where young people increasingly live, experience and augment their relationships (whether sexual or not) within digital spaces. The introduction of statutory RSE improving understandings of y in schools in England highlights the need to focus on oung people and digital intimacies for its own sake, and to inform the development of learning resources. We call for more research that puts young people at its centre; foregrounds inclusivity; and allows a nuanced discussion of pleasures, harms, risks and rewards, which can be used by those working with young people and those developing policy. Generating such research is likely to be facilitated by participation, collaboration and communication with beneficiaries, between disciplines and across sectors Taking such an approach, academic researchers, practitioners and policymakers agree that we need a better understanding of RSE’s place in lifelong learning, which seeks to understand the needs of particular groups, is concerned with nonsexual relationsh does not see digital intimacies as disconnected from offline everyday ‘reality’.

Keywords : relationships and sex education; young people; research methods; ips, and technology digital intimacies . ; 2

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