Tough Cookies is based in Greater Manchester and delivers work across the UK and abroad. It was founded in 2015 by youth and community worker, Kerry Cabbin.
Tough Cookies Education is all about developing confident, resilient and empowered teens. We do this by providing engaging, quality and effective sex education and training.
We work with young people to inform them, to build their confidence around relationships and develop their self-esteem. We want young people to be safe from harm, to feel amazing about themselves and to treat each other with respect. Our work supports the growth and development of young people as they become healthy and happy adults.
Our aim is to support families, schools and communities, to equip teenagers with the skills they need to understand consent, healthy relationships, online safety, stereotypes, harassment and media impact.
Teenagers today are facing more pressures than ever before:
- The BBC reported that 1000’s of young people had been investigated about the sharing of sexual images, including 400 children under the age of 12.
- In 2016 the government inquiry into sexual harassment in schools found almost a third (29%) of 16-18-year-old girls say they have experienced unwanted sexual touching at school
- A recent study by the NSPCC revealed that 65% of 15-16 year-olds had seen online pornography. Most young people thought pornography was a poor model for consent or safe sex and wanted better sex education, covering the impact of pornography
- The 2016 study, ‘A Picture of Health’ found that 41% of boys feel that the portrayal of men in media images are unrealistic. The 2011, Pretty as a picture study also revealed that 47% of young women said: Seeing adverts using thin models makes them want to diet/lose weight and they feel more conscious of the way they look
Our young people are in great need of an open and honest sex and relationships education, they need this now, more than ever.