Sexpression:UK wholeheartedly supports The Everyday Sexism Project and the End Violence Against Women Coalition campaign SREnow for compulsory sex and relationships education (SRE) in England. It is crucial that this information be provided adequately and equally in schools across the UK.
We hope this campaign ends in a victory, with commitments made for teachers to be given appropriate training to deliver this essential information to enable you people to make their own decisions about their bodies and sexual health. This should include, but not be exclusive to: what consent is, how to use contraception, promotion of a fully inclusive society and how to use the internet safely.
The provision of SRE and its benefits are endorsed by research. Without providing these necessary lessons, the children and young people of England are being denied basic human rights of education and child protection that English schools are bound to as part of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) treaty. Schools have a statutory obligation under the Children Act (2004) to promote their pupils’ wellbeing and under the Education Act (1996) to prepare children and young people for the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of adult life.
A comprehensive sex and relationship education programme can have a positive impact on pupils’ health and wellbeing and their ability to achieve, and can play a crucial part in meeting these obligations.
Find out more about the campaign here: http://www.endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk/compulsory-sex-relationships-education-petition