25/11/2009 04:20 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Children To Be Taught About Domestic Violence At School

Schoolchildren are set to be taught about gender equality and domestic violence after the Government announced new plans.

Lessons on domestic violence will be included in personal, social and health education classes, it has been reported.

Trainee teachers will have to learn about the subject before they qualify and schools will be marked by inspectors on how well they are teaching children about domestic violence.

Some campaigners have criticised the move, calling it "political correctness".

I don't really see the problem - in fact, I'm surprised the subject is not already included in these lessons.

The lessons will become compulsory from 2011 and new rules for teachers on tackling "sexist, sexual and transphobic bullying" in the classroom will be drawn up.

However critics have said that schools should be for academic subjects.

Margaret Morrissey, of the Parents Outloud campaign group, said: "The Government should stop interfering with parents bringing up their children and focus on teaching children to read, write and all those things they need to get a career.

"This political correctness is turning our children into confused mini adults from the age of five to nine. This has nothing at all to do with academic learning."

The trouble is, a lot of parents don't bring up their children properly - and what about those homes where children witness domestic violence? Don't those kids need to be told this behaviour is not acceptable?

Domestic violence charity Refuge has welcomed the plans and called for more services for abused women and children.

It has launched a campaign called Four Ways To Speak Out, featuring celebrities including Dame Helen Mirren and Sheryl Gascoigne.

Refuge is also asking people to sign a petition calling for an end to the "postcode lottery" of domestic violence services.

For more information on Refuge's campaign, go to

What do you think? Should this subject be taught in schools?

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