Sex Education Forum is regularly called on to comment on RSE in national media. Here are a few examples of recent media activity.
Observer - 4 April 2021
'Are single-sex schools the safe option after abuse scandal' by solution' by Andrew Anthony
" For Lucy Emmerson, director of the Sex Education Forum, the issue is not about the type of school, whether single sex or co-educational, private or state, but the general ethos, and how proactive the school is in “addressing gender and power”.
Evening Standard - 18 March 2021
'Plea for tolerance as school sex abuse site deluged with complaints'
"There is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make relationships and sex education live up to the expectations we have of it, now that the subject is finally statutory. Part of that is about fostering respect and gender equality and supporting children to understand power in relationships. We can’t abandon children to look for answers from the internet and pornography.
All these issues can be discussed responsibly in relationships and sex education. Research shows that this changes behaviour and helps prevent harm, but studies show that teachers need rigorous training. We need to take parents on a journey too.”
Guardian - 20 March 2021
'How to teach young people about sex and relationships - by the experts' - Alexandra Topping
It’s not about ‘the chat’ Lucy Emmerson, the director of the Sex Education Forum , says the idea of “the chat” – perhaps about periods for girls, and safe sex for boys – is unhelpful. She instead encourages parents to talk about sex and relationships little and often. This could be by using distancing techniques, such as picture books with younger children or talking about storylines in dramas, billboards or advertising with older children.
Don’t ignore gender inequality “Gender and power dynamics needs to be a thread throughout the relationships and sex education,” says Emmerson, who suggests looking at – and challenging – stereotypes in the media about masculinity and femininity. Research shows that female carers talk more with girls about relationships, sex and growing up, she says. “Boys are missing out on conversations with adults because parents are more reluctant to have those conversations with boys. But, you know, arguably they need it even more. The burden of information and responsibility can’t just be put on the girls to manage all of this.”
BBC Radio 4 Today programme - 20 March 2021
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