Sex and Relationship Education

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 26th July 2007.

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Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners) 10:30 am, 26th July 2007

We want to see an improvement in sex and relationship education in schools, particularly following the Youth Parliament's helpful report on this subject. We have no plans to remove the right of parents to withdraw their children from all or part of the sex and relationship education that is delivered within the personal, social and health education curriculum. We believe that that right is essential to accommodate different beliefs on what can, for some parents, be a very sensitive issue.

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Tone Franklin
Posted on 24 Sep 2007 1:49 am (Report this annotation)

Having been sexually abused myself as a child and the realisation of such as being abuse only beginning to dawn on me once I'd attended the sex educaton classes - as rudimentary as they were for a 15 yr old in 1973 - I think it essential that all children receive some formal sex/relationship education within a school environment (or similar) as I feel it would assist in reducing this pernicious destroyer of peoples lives.