Author Archives: Simon Blake

About Simon Blake

CEO of fantastic young people's charity Brook. Passionate activist and campaigner for young people's rights including their sexual and reproductive right and for equality. Trust and believe in the power and creativity of young people and dislike the demonising of young people that is all too common in the UK. Believe there is plenty of opportunity to make the world a much better place. Also Chair of Compact Voice and Diversity Role Models.

The Coffey report: Child sexual exploitation, social norms and social change

I cannot imagine there are sensible adults who want to live in a culture in which child sexual exploitation is a new social norm in some or any communities. Yet there are sensible adults who are not doing all they … Continue reading

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HIV diagnoses among young gay men: We need to act

I will keep saying it until I’m blue in the face: new HIV Infections have almost doubled amongst 15-24 year olds. I read my briefing over breakfast this morning and I cannot quite describe the feeling in my stomach. How … Continue reading

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Why social media is important for Chief Executives

I was asked to write a blog about social media and CEOs so here it is. I had an interesting twitter exchange earlier this week about whether and if we should be ‘making a fuss’ and celebrating and encouraging social … Continue reading

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Proud to launch Supplementary Advice to the DfEE statutory Sex and Relationship Education Guidance (0116/2000)

Today I am proud that Brook in partnership with PSHE Association and Sex Education Forum has launched Supplementary Advice to update Government’s Statutory Sex and Relationship Education Guidance published in 2000. All of us committed to ensuring children and young … Continue reading

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Let’s have a look on the bright side of life

On Friday I had a fascinating and important meeting with Rosie Ferguson and Jim Minton from London Youth and Jane Slowey from the Foyer Federation talking about an asset based approach to service provision for young people. That meeting, and … Continue reading

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21st Century SRE – time for a party?

Last week I was talking to one of the @BeSexPositive volunteers who was involved in developing Brook’s 21st Century Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) campaign in 2011 (find out more here). We started with the important bit – the day … Continue reading

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The Age of Consent – I welcome cross party support to keep it at 16

Professor John Ashton, President of the Faculty of Public Health called for a national debate about the age of consent. His argument, as reported in the Sunday Times, is society is sending confused signal about when sex is permitted. He … Continue reading

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…and Gender

Almost 20 years ago I started working at FPA running a project for boys and young men in South Wales. Much of the anti-sexist work that preceded this had started explicitly or implicitly from a position of blaming boys and … Continue reading

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Tackling bullying needs deep rooted culture change

The last few weeks we have seen rotten and thoroughly unacceptable online behaviour with sadly tragic consequences. Our timelines have been filled with untold horrors including evidence of rape threats, death and bomb threats, sexual violence and extreme online bullying. … Continue reading

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Basically we need sex and relationships education everywhere

There has been a lot of discussion and press coverage recently about pornography and its impact on young people’s values and attitudes and their understanding of healthy relationships, consent and sexual violence and safety. The Office of the Children’s Commissioner … Continue reading

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