Adolescent Sexual Health SIG

The Adolescent Sexual Health Interest Group is a SIG initially endorsed by MSSVD Council in April 2000.


Dr Jane Ashby (Chair) Dr Sophie Herbert (Secretary)


• Jean Luc Daurat (YP representative)
• 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
• Ms Effi Stergiopoulou (HA representative)
• Dr Verity Sullivan
• Dr Rebecca Thomson-Glover
• Darren Tippetts (HA representative)
• Dr Dawn Wilkinson

New members:

  • Najette Ayadi O'Donnell
  • Dr Malini Raychaudhuri
  • Almida Lynam
  • Jacob Husband
  • Tara Casey
  • Sgt Ben Collier

Terms of Reference:

The Adolescent special interest group comprises of clinicians working in predominantly within the field of sexual health and with an interest in issues related to the sexual health of young people and safeguarding.

We meet quarterly 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 exploitation and abuse.

ASIG review and advise on best practice to engage and provide sexual health and safeguarding care to young people.

Click here to see terms of references for the Adolescent Special Interest Group



Health appointments advice for young people

If you need a health appointment, health workers are here to help you with your physical or mental health, or to signpost you to places for support. This leaflet, created by young people and doctors, will help explain the process for having an in person, phone or video appointment.

Current Projects:

Updating of Brook Spotting the Signs proforma
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.).
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Heath (RCPCH) update of The Physical Signs of Child Sexual Abuse - BASHH ASIG stakeholder involvement

Recent Projects and Outputs:

ASIG Safeguarding supervision training day March 2023
BASHH scientific meeting March 2023

ASIG invited talk session at CHIVA 2023

ASIG educational session at BASHH2023 national conference

Updates to STI foundation course young person’s workshop.

Updated modules in e-LFH relevant to ASIG

Contributions to chapters within Forensic Medicine (Karen Rogstad) and Medicine (Sophie Herbert).

With Royal College of Paediatrics – developing PIL for virtual consultations.2022
BASHH STI and Related Conditions in Children and Young People 2021


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.



What do young people want? (from a sexual health service). Sex Transm Infect. 2022 Aug;98(5):394. LeVoir H, Cochrane E, Ashby J, Herbert S

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and young people's sexual health.

Thomson-Glover R, Hamlett H, Weston D, Ashby J.Sex Transm Infect. 2020 Nov;96(7):473-474. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2020-054699.



Updated UK National Guideline on the Management of STIs and Related Conditions in Children and Young People.

Flavell S, Forsyth S, Wilkinson D.Sex Transm Infect. 2020 Jun;96(4):237. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2020-054478.


Mandatory police reporting of female genital mutilation in under 18s: experience of healthcare professionals.

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

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:

Care Leaver video:



Courses/Educational Events:

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)

BASHH ASIG stakeholder response August 2015 - NICE Call for evidence on Harmful sexual behaviour among children and young people [coordinated by Kimberley Forbes]



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