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Government should listen to young people, parents and experts on what to include in new relationships and sex education

Release Date: 01 Jan 2018

As the Department for Education calls for evidence on what should be included in the new relationships and sex education curriculum, Barnardo's says it's important children, young people, parents and experts are all listened to.

Barnardo’s chief executive Javed Khan said:

Age-appropriate lessons on relationships and sex education, (RSE) combined with personal social and health education (PSHE) in all schools in England will help keep children safe and healthy.

Both children and parents have told Barnardo’s that  these classes would help children better understand healthy relationships and the dangers in the real world and online.

When we polled children they overwhelmingly told us that RSE lessons would be important for them to understand the dangers of being online so they can stay safe and that they wanted to know the risks of sharing images of themselves with a stranger online.

It’s important that the government listens to the voices of young people, parents and experts on what they want to see included in these lessons and who is best placed to teach them to equip children for modern life and help prevent them being groomed sexually exploited.

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