Sex and Relationships Education
As a youth worker, should I be celebrating the hilarity of these questions or should I be worried that these are genuine comments that have happened? Some comments may be embellished and others asked simply for the humour - but some are real.
The Children and Social Work Bill becomes law today providing real positive change for all children and young people, particularly
If 2016 was a year of great social and political upheaval, will 2017 be the year that women and girls worldwide pay the price
This is the question now being asked following the Government's announcement that it is to make relationships and sex education compulsory in all English schools. And the answer should be an unequivocal yes.
There is agreement from MPs of all parties, experts and organisations representing children - including Barnardo's - that change in this area is needed urgently but the government still needs a gentle push in the right direction. It's time to listen to what our children are telling us - they need the knowledge that will help keep them safe. They have spoken loud and clear and we cannot ignore them.
I am just one girl writing this, but I am one girl representing thousands, who urgently want to see the end of sexual harassment in schools.
Theresa May could be a much needed breath of fresh air to the government's approach on sex education: as Home Secretary it is rumoured she was supportive of bids to make the subject compulsory. With a wafer-thin majority, and battle ahead with Brexit, she may not be willing to use up political capital on revisiting it.
I never received any sex and relationship education and I know that had a significant effect on me and my childhood. It won't solve everything, but I am sure it would go a long way to helping this issue and more generally, result in happier and more confident adults.
Sex and Relationships Education should be a right for everybody. If we ignore the inadequacies of the current system then we are accepting that we are sending young people into the world ill-prepared for real life.
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.