Tough Cookies is based in Greater Manchester and delivers work across the UK.
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
Founder Kerry Cabbin
Kerry is a qualified sex and relationships educator. She has over 20 years’ experience, working with young people.
She became passionate about sex education and girls work after becoming teen mum. She began working in sexual health clinics and sexual health projects in 1998, working within local authority before becoming a freelance youth and community worker in 2011. She set up Tough Cookies Education in 2015. Kerry is married to Dan and they have two children Laurie Elle, 19 and Remi, 10.
Tough cookies main focus is talking…talking about sex and relationships, in a open and honest manner. We use our workshops to engage teens in the conversations, that we know, no one else is having with them and we show them that it is OK to ask questions and to talk about sex and relationships. We aim to build their confidence, resilience and to leave young people feeling empowered to make better informed choices and seek support if they need it. The lessons include humor, and are always so much fun to deliver, It’s a privilege to do this job.