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Relationships and sex education matters for all children

The Department for Education consultation on relationships and sex education in schools has closed.

In April, we successfully campaigned to make relationships and sex education compulsory for all children in England. This was a vital step forward in keeping children safe and teaching them about healthy relationships.

The current guidance was created in 2000 and fails to address the risks children are facing in today’s world, such as cyberbullying, sexting and staying safe online. In response to the Government’s consultation, we asked young people what they wanted to see in relationships and sex education. We produced these nine recommendations for the Government to inform its guidance for delivering RSE in schools, which educators may also find helpful.

The Department for Education is currently reviewing the responses submitted to the consultation to update the guidance on how relationships and sex education should be taught.

Please read our response here.

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You can find out more detailed information about why we campaigned on this issue here.

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