Who we are and what we believe
The Sex Education Forum is a membership organisation and works together with its members and other stakeholders to achieve quality sex and relationships education (SRE).
Our members include schools, colleges, youth settings, local authorities, NHS trusts, local and national organisations and individuals. Find out how to become a member.
Established in 1987, we believe that ALL children and young people have the right to good SRE. Our work on SRE is underpinned by evidence, a rights-based approach and the expressed needs of children and young people.
We have a statement of Principles and Values for SRE which explains what we believe is needed for good quality SRE.
All our income is secured from member subscriptions, consultancy work, training, publication sales and donations. We also run projects funded by specific donors, most recently the Wellcome Trust and Comic Relief. We are hosted by the charity National Children’s Bureau.
An Advisory Group of 8 elected members informs and guides the work of the Sex Education Forum. See our list of core members.
The current Advisory Group elected in December 2015 is:
Chair: Jane Lees, representing NSCoPSE
Alice Hoyle, representing RSE Hub
Alice Cruttwell, representing Shropshire Council
Alison Hadley OBE, Life Member
Richy Thompson, representing the British Humanist Association
Ruth Hilton, individual core member
Wanda Wyporska, representing ATL
Zahra Alijah, individual core member
We have three main objectives:
1. To ensure children and young people's entitlement to SRE is firmly embedded into national and local government policies and public understanding.
2. To support professionals to access and share information so they are well informed and competent to commission, plan, deliver, evaluate and research SRE.
3. To identify, explore and respond to new themes emerging in practice, policy and research, nationally and internationally, and provide leadership to facilitate wider discussions about new and sometimes challenging ideas.