Young people across Bath and North East Somerset can now access relationship and sexual health advice and information with just a few clicks of a mouse.

www.safebanes.com has been redesigned in collaboration with young people from across the district. The site which is easy to navigate, provides users with advice and information on free condoms (C Card); contraception; emergency contraception; sexually transmitted infections (STIs); pregnancy; sexual and gender identity; relationships and sexual abuse.

The website, set up by Bath & North East Somerset Council’s public health and preventative services team, also gives details of sexual health and relationship services available across Bath and North East Somerset including those in Bath, Keynsham, Chew Valley, Paulton, Midsomer Norton and Radstock.

Councillor Rob Appleyard, cabinet member for Adult Services and Health, said: “Sexual and reproductive health is a core aspect of wider public health. This website is an important on-line resource which can help improve health outcomes across Bath and North East Somerset.”

Councillor Kevin Guy, cabinet member for Children’s Services, said: “We want to support young people to make informed choices about their sexual health and wellbeing, and this website puts the key information they need at their fingertips.”

www.safebanes.com also has a professionals-only section that includes a range of helpful and useful resources to support and help young people with their sexual health.

SAFE stands for ‘Sexual health Advice For Everyone’, and is a quality standard offered to all organisations who provide sexual health advice and information to young people aged 13 to 24.

Any service showing the SAFE logo shows that services are young person friendly. That means they have to be:
Accessible to young people regardless of disability, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, locality or financial situation
Provide up to date information and resources on a range of sexual health and relationship issues for all young people
Confidential
Friendly, welcoming and comfortable places for young people to be
Encouraging and supportive of opportunities for young people to help services to continue to improve and develop, in both what services are provided and how they are provided