Survey finds inadequate sex education is failing school children

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29th February 2016 10:40 - Education

A recent survey into sex education in schools has revealed that pupils in the United Kingdom are being put at risk by inconsistent sex and relationship education.Survey finds inadequate sex education is failing school children

Carried out by The Sex Education Forum, the survey of 2,000 young people discovered that school children may be being put at risk by conflicting sex and relationships education.

The market research revealed that many young people did not report receiving education about a variety of topics, namely sexual abuse, sexual consent and female genital mutilation.

The research also uncovered that 50 per cent of young people were not educated about how to seek help, should they ever be the victim of sexual abuse. A further 53 per cent never learnt how to recognise grooming for sexual exploitation and 40 per cent did not learn about the difference between healthy and abusive relationships.

Of the respondents, 34 per cent said that they did not learn about sexual consent during their education.

The research findings come on the heels of calls for statutory LGBT-inclusive sex and relationships education in schools.

Coordinator of the Sex Education Forum, Lucy Emmerson, said of the issue:

“The odds of a young person learning vital information about equal, safe and enjoyable relationships are no different than the toss of a coin. The ultimate consequence of this is that many children don’t know how to recognise abusive behaviour or how to seek help.

“With evidence about the benefits for children and young people of teaching SRE stacked up high and a growing list of politicians calling for the subject to be mandatory, there is no excuse for Government to continue leaving SRE to chance.”

General Secretary, Association of Teachers and Lecturers, Dr Mary Bousted, said:

“As members of the Sex Education Forum, ATL fully supports its call for mandatory and inclusive Sex and Relationships Education.

“We know that education staff want high quality training so that they can deliver the SRE that will enable young people to keep themselves safe.

“We call upon the Government to take this important step, which parents, education staff and young people all want, so that we can all help to tackle child abuse, sexual health issues.”

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