Without trusted information from schools, young people will turn to less reliable sources such as the internet or their peers as they navigate life outside the classroom. We must end this silence and make age-appropriate SRE mandatory in all schools if we are to tackle this safeguarding crisis. Young people have now told us loud and clear what kind of SRE they want. In our report, 99% of young people wanted SRE to be taught in all schools. 97% wanted it to be LGBT inclusive. The government must listen and act, and give our young people the tools to make positive and informed decisions, and to have healthy relationships, which they are ready for and want - wherever they go to school, and whatever their sexuality.
Openness is key to teaching children about sex, relationships and body honesty, according to a report released by a society for British Naturists. Br...
The odds of young people learning about safe, equal and enjoyable relationships through school SRE are no different to the toss of a coin. Over half (53%) of the young people we surveyed did not learn how to recognise grooming for sexual exploitation and more than four in ten had not learned about healthy or abusive relationships.
I chose to be wide open about puberty and sex with her (and her big brother) right from the start. I first told them about it in simple terms when they were toddlers, revisiting, building on and widening their understanding over the years. Because I wanted them to see sex as a normal, natural, positive part of grown-up life. Not a dirty secret.
Marston concludes that there is an "urgent need for harm reduction efforts targeting anal sex to help encourage discussion about mutuality and consent, to reduce risky and painful techniques and to challenge views that normalise coercion". In a country where sex education is not statutory and sexual health services are being ruthlessly hacked? Don't hold your breath Dr. Marston.