18th October, 2018

FPA presents two annual awards to celebrate excellence in sexual health.

The Rosemary Goodchild Award is for excellence in sexual health journalism and the Pamela Sheridan Award is for innovative relationships and sex education.


The Rosemary Goodchild Award

2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the inaugural Rosemary Goodchild Award, established by the family of former FPA Press Officer Rosemary Goodchild, who died of ovarian cancer in 1988.

The Award recognises the very best articles on sexual and reproductive health with particular emphasis on articles relating to sexual health education, rights or support for women of all ages.

Over the last 30 years, winning articles have pushed boundaries, broken taboos and educated the public by exploring topics such as female genital mutilation (FGM), HIV, teenage pregnancy, and abortion.

The Pamela Sheridan Award

Established in memory of Pamela Sheridan (1911–1994), an early sex education pioneer, the Award officially recognises innovation and good practice in relationships and sex education (RSE), services and projects for young people.

This spans primary, secondary, and schools for students with specific educational needs, and youth and community projects.


2017 winners

Winner of the Rosemary Goodchild Award 2017: Olivia Blair, for her article in Elle magazine, Actually, sex education does not cause more teenage girls to get pregnant.

Winners of the Pamela Sheridan Award 2017: BigTalkEducation for the Growing Up Safe programme.

Judges praised the programme for demonstrating that it's possible to start the conversation about sex and relationships with children right at the beginning of primary school. Crucially the project models a building blocks approach to teaching which is age-appropriate and builds year on year, on strong foundations of accurate information; with a focus on knowing how to get help to stay safe.


The closing date for nominations is 5pm on Wednesday 31 October.

Terms and conditions apply, for more information and to make a nomination please visit: https://www.fpa.org.uk/professionals/awards