In March 2018 Youth Work Ireland conducted an online survey with over 1000 young people aged 14-24 in Ireland to examine their opinions and attitudes towards healthy sexual relationships, consent and inappropriate sexual behaviour. The survey findings show that young people are not turning to their parents or teachers for information about positive and healthy sexual relationships. Instead they are turning to social media, the internet and worryingly, pornography.
The survey found that 42% of respondents said that they do not feel confident that good help and supports are available in their locality for someone who experienced inappropriate sexual behaviour. Interestingly the survey highlighted the positive role of youth workers in the provision of advice and support on healthy sexual relationships.