The government announces a consultation on what compulsory relationship and sex education should cover
Tuesday 19th December 2017
The Department for Education will ask parents and young people for their opinions on what mandatory relationship and sex education should cover, according to the BBC.
Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“Research shows that 16-19 year olds are most likely to find themselves in an abusive relationship, yet often they don’t recognise it as such straight away. It is essential that all young people understand what makes a safe and healthy relationship and how they can get support if they need it.
“We have long campaigned for relationship and sex education to be mandatory, and the government’s announcement of the consultation on this issue is a welcome step. In order for young people to have safe and healthy relationships, free from abuse, relationship and sex education must tackle the sexism and harmful attitudes about gender that are a root cause of domestic abuse and other forms of violence against women and girls.
“We want to see comprehensive and high quality relationship and sex education in all schools, covering consent and coercive control as well as where children and young people can go to for help and support. This must also be underpinned by a school-wide approach to preventing and tackling sexism and sexual harassment in schools, which young girls experience on a daily basis.”
For further information, please contact the Women’s Aid press office on: [email protected].