Women and Equalities Committee - call for SRE

Statement on sexual violence and harassment in schools by the Sex Education Forum

Media release - 13 September 2016


In response to the report published by the Women and Equalities Committee.

Jane Lees, Chair of the Sex Education Forum, said:

‘That sexual violence and harassment in schools is so widespread is disturbing, but it is not inevitable. Inquiry after inquiry has shown the protective power of sex and relationships education (SRE) – it helps children know what type of behavior is acceptable and unacceptable, leads to earlier reporting of sexual abuse and to reductions in sexual violence and coercion.

‘There is no excuse for the government to ignore the overwhelming support for SRE amongst young people, parents, teachers, MPs and Peers from across the political spectrum. The government must act on the Committee’s recommendations and make SRE a requirement in all schools as part of the forthcoming Education for All Bill.’  

The Sex Education Forum urges members of the public to write to their MP asking that their views be represented to the government via our ‘SRE – It’s my right’ campaign.

For more details visit: www.sexeducationforum.org.uk


Notes to editors 

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About the Sex Education Forum
The Sex Education Forum is the national authority on sex and relationships education (SRE). We believe that good quality SRE is an entitlement for all children and young people and we are working with our core members, who all support statutory SRE and include local authorities, children’s, religious, health and family organisations, to achieve this. The Sex Education Forum is based at the National Children’s Bureau (NCB). For further information visit: www.sexeducationforum.org.uk  

About the National Children's Bureau
The National Children's Bureau (NCB) is a leading charity that for 50 years has been improving the lives of children and young people, especially the most vulnerable. We work with children and for children, to influence government policy, be a strong voice for young people and practitioners, and provide creative solutions on a range of social issues.
For more information visit www.ncb.org.uk