HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has been granted £203,528 of government funding to run a sex education programme in schools and youth clubs in England.

The programme, called the Sexual Health Champions Programme (SHCP), will allow 100 disadvantaged children aged between 14 and 19 to be trained as ‘Sexual Health Champions’.

They will then lead peer-to-peer sessions for 2,000 more young people, while 40 young people who are deemed most at risk of sexual ill-health will receive one-to-one mentoring.

The grant comes from the Department of Education and will benefit young people in London, Colchester, Bristol, Birmingham and Leeds.

Terrence Higgins Trust’s chief executive, Sir Nick Partridge, said: “Poor sexual health and unplanned pregnancies are real barriers to young people properly being able to engage in education, employment and training so we’re delighted to have been awarded this funding which will provide vital sex and relationships education and support for 14-19 year-olds in the UK. “