Date lodged: 29 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what steps are taken to ensure that young people can access sexual healthcare, and how it takes account of the specific accessibility issues in rural and remote areas.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 21 February 2019
Scottish Government policy is that it is essential that young people have access to services and information when they require it. It is the responsibility of NHS Boards and Local Authorities to ensure that young people have access to appropriate sexual health services in their local area, however Scottish Government has funded specific projects and activities to meet the needs of young people. We have funded Scottish Drugs Forum for 2018-19 to 2020-21 to work to reduce the spread of blood borne viruses, sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies among vulnerable young people. We have funded Common Knowledge UK over the same period to deliver their CKSexTalk project to young people with learning disabilities. More generally we fund the Sexual Health Scotland website, which provides a source of information and advice, and signposting to local services, to young people in all parts of Scotland.