The C-Card scheme is a free and confidential service offering free condom and sexual health information and support to all young people aged 13–25 years.
How do I get a C-Card?
To join the C-Card Scheme all you have to do is visit one of the C-Card outlets and have a C-Card Induction with a trained C-Card worker.
They will tell you a bit more about how the C-Card Scheme works, assess that it is appropriate for you and give you some further sexual health information. Then if you’re up for it, they will sign you up and give you a C-Card that can be used at outlets in any areas across the UK that offers the C-Card Scheme.
During the C-Card Induction the following points will be discussed:
- the Law – under 16s
- under 18 assessment (if applicable)
- consent and sexual wellbeing
- safety on social media
- safer sex
- STIs, the different types of STI testing and where to access them
- contraception and emergency contraception (Plan B)
- different types of condoms the C-Card Scheme offer (including the C-Card ‘Condom of the Month)
- condom demonstration
- where else you can go in Newcastle to use a C-Card
- other sexual health services
- questions about sexual health and relationships
All personal information given to staff is confidential, they only time we may need to share information you give us is if we have a concern about your safety or that of someone else you talk about. If this happens we will keep you informed of what we are doing and why we are doing it at every stage.
By joining the C-Card scheme you can be sure that you are getting help and support from people who are experienced in talking about sexual health and condoms – they won’t be embarrassed so you don’t need to be either!
Where do I get a C-Card from?
You can find out where the C-Card outlets are in Newcastle on:C-Card Outlet Directory
How to become a C-Card Outlet
If your service/organisation would like to become a C-Card Outlet please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The C-Card Scheme can be offered in two ways:
Full C-Card Service
This option offers C-Card Registrations (a 1-to-1 consultation with a young person by a trained worker). The registration usually takes approximately 30 minutes where the worker has an opportunity to discuss a range of sexual health messages along with a condom demonstration.
If this option is taken up any worker offering the full C-card service would have to attend an Introduction to Sexual Health training course (2 day) and C-Card Induction training (1 day).
Repeat C-Card Service
This service would be offered to young people who already have a C-Card and who had attended a C-Card registration at another service. Repeat C-Card contacts would take a couple of minutes and a trained worker would take details of the young person and C-card number and record them on a C-Card monitoring form before handing out condoms.
Workers wanting to offer this option would have to attend a two hour training session.
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