Prevent / Protect

Prevent/Protect is an innovative and exciting youth-led media project from the Octavia Foundation, designed to raise awareness of sexual health protection in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

With funding from the NHS, the project was delivered by the Octavia Foundation and Kat Francois, a sexual health specialist, spoken word artist, stand-up comic, actress and playwright.

The project began in March 2012, when eight young people met with Kat and youth workers from the Octavia Foundation to discuss the project, common misconceptions about sexual health amongst young people and their objectives for the film and for the project.

Over the following months, the young people worked together to produce 'Doing it Right' a short film to raise awareness and understanding of sexual health and relationship issues, for young people. 

The film is now available to view online and we are currently confirming screenings of the film throughout the borough and local area to increase awareness of sexual health risks and controls. For more information about 'Doing it Right', click here

The second stage of the project, began in February 2013, and gave seven young women, aged 18-25 the opportunity to train as sexual health project assistants. The fun and interactive training (which included drama, film-making and other creative techniques) was led by Kat Francois and took place over three Saturdays and two evening sessions. The final training course took place on Wednesday 24 April.. Course content included: 

  • sexual health and relationships education
  • workshop planning and delivery
  • confidence building
  • counselling techniques

After training, the group will use their new found skills to support Kat in delivering workshops to other young people and will be offered the opportunity to interview for a paid support role within the project.

Doing it Right

'Doing it Right' is a short film produced by young people, for young people about sexual health, produced as part of Prevent / Protect.

The film was produced as part of 'Prevent/Protect' a film-based sexual health campaign delivered by the Octavia Foundation, with funding from NHS Kensington and Chelsea. Eight young people took part in the project, attending workshops and sessions led by Kat Francois (comedienne and sexual health specialist) who also presents throughout the film.

The film is intended as an introduction to sexual health and relationships for young people. The film includes footage of consultations and workshops held with the young people and lots of information about different related issues - consent, the law, contraception, sexual health and respect.

All of the young people who took part in the project received additional advice and guidance from Brook and Living Well and we would encourage everyone who views the film to consult with other advice services as well.

The film includes adult content and imagery, relevant to the nature and objectives of the film. We advise that this film should not be viewed by children under the age of 16, without adult supervision.

To view the film, click here.

We are confirming screenings of the film at local schools and youth centres and will publish details of these on our website soon. If you are interested in arranging a screening of the film, please get in touch!

Information sources

For further information about any of the issues raised in the film...

If you have questions on sexual health, you would like further advice or would like to speak to a sexual health adviser in confidence, get in touch with one of the following organisations.

Ask Brook!

Telephone 0808 802 1234. This number is free from any phone, including mobile phones!  Ask Brook provides sexual health information, support and signposting for all young people under 25 anywhere in the UK. 

If English is not your first language you can still use this service.  Ask Brook provide an interpreting service calledLanguage is Everything which means you can talk in confidence to an Ask Brook advisor through an interpreter. 

Deaf or hard of hearing young people can also contact Ask Brook using Text Relay.  You’ll need a text phone to access this service.  To make the call dial 18001 0808 802 1234.

Alternatively you can visit www.askbrook.org.uk/ to send a secure online message.


Txtm8 is a free, confidential sex and relationships text service for young people living, working or studying in the London boroughs of Enfield, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Havering. 

If you have a question relating to sex, relationships or sexual health then text your question to 89868 to receive a free answer within 30 minutes.

The service is completely free and open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

All questions are answered by experienced advisors, who are trained to give clear, confidential help and advice.


Visit your GP who can give you advice and information on STI’s, contraception and emergency contraception.


Ask WES is an online sexual health enquiry service where you can ask questions relating to contraception, planning a pregnancy, pregnancy choices, abortion, STI’s and sexual wellbeing. 

To submit an enquiry visit http://www.fpa.org.uk/helpandadvice/askwes/askwesform or to speak to someone in person call the FPA helpline on 0845 122 8690.

Ask WES aim to answer all enquiries within 5 working days.  If your enquiry is about emergency contraception or abortion you will be dealt with at the first available opportunity.

NHS Direct

Call 0845 46 47 for advice and details of medical services including where to go for emergency contraception. 

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