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Busy Bodies

The Busy Bodies booklet and video segments provide information on the physical and emotional changes that children may experience during puberty and adolescence, to reassure them that puberty is a normal part of growing up.  Busy Bodies is a useful resource which may be used by parents, carers and teachers with children of approximately 8 to 12 years. In addition to being used in the home, Busy Bodies supports the teaching of the 5th and 6th class component of Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) within the context of Social Personal and Health Education.

The Busy Bodies resources were originally produced by the Health Service Executive South working in partnership with the RSE Support Service, the National Parents Council (Primary) and the HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme. The 2020 edition of the booklet was developed by the HSE, Health Promotion and Improvement, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare, and HSE, Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme with input from: BeLonGTO Youth Service; Department of Education and Skills Inspectorate;  HSE, Health Promotion and Improvement, Community Healthcare Organisation 1;  National Council for Curriculum and Assessment;  National Parents’ Council – Primary; Professional Development Service for Teachers, and the Sexual Health Centre, Cork.

The video segments have not yet been updated but remain of value in teaching about early puberty and adolescence in the home and school setting. There is a complementary background resource for parents and carers, ‘Making the Big Talk many small talks: 8-12 years’. This offers information on children’s relationship and sexuality development and signposts parents and carers to additional resources so that they can guide and support children and young people during the early stages of puberty and adolescence.

How do I order the Busy Bodies booklet?

The Busy Bodies’ booklet may be downloaded or ordered in both Irish and English click here

Teachers: To order multiple copies of the booklet, register as a professional on, log in and order.

How do I watch the video segments?

Click onto the following link to stream or download the Busy Bodies’ video segments

click here

How do I order Making the Big Talk many small talks: 8-12 years?

Making the Big Talk many small talks: 8-12 years may be downloaded or ordered in both Irish and English click here


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