WHO framework core competencies sexuality educators

The WHO framework “Training matters: A framework for core competencies of sexuality educators” supports the implementation of training programmes for sexuality educators.

‘This framework focuses on sexuality educators and the competencies they should have, or develop, in order to conduct sexuality education. It is primarily addressed to those who conduct the training of sexuality educators and to experts who develop the relevant curricula for this kind of training. It can also guide sexuality educators themselves in their own professional and personal development. The framework is intended to provide support and to facilitate the implementation of training programmes for sexuality educators and/or improve the quality of existing programmes’ (page 9). The framework is available in English and in Russian.

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Table of contents:

Part 1: Introduction

  1. What does this framework offer?
  2. Why a framework for core competencies? Background and rationale
  3. How do educators influence the development of children and young people?
  4. Why should educators be trained for sexuality education?
  5. What are the general competencies of educators?

Part 2: Competencies of sexuality educators

  1. Attitudes
  2. Skills
  3. Knowledge

Part 3: Training of sexuality educators: examples of good practice across the WHO European Region

  1. Belgium
  2. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  3. Bulgaria
  4. Estonia
  5. Finland
  6. Switzerland
  7. Ukraine

References and further reading



Target group:

Policy makers, Professionals, Lecturers




Olaf Kapella & Laura Brockschmidt


WHO Regional Office for Europe (World Health Organization) and BZgA Germany (Federal Centre for Health Education / Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung).

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Published by  Safe 28 August 2018