The TES is reporting a survey that suggests more than half of young people have not been taught at school how to recognise when someone is being groomed for sexual exploitation.
Half of youngsters had not been educated on how to get help if they are sexually abused, while a third (34 per cent) had been taught nothing about sexual consent at school, according to a report by the Sex Education Forum.
The campaign group is calling for statutory sex and relationships education (SRE) in all schools, after the survey – of more than 2,000 people aged 11 to 25 – revealed that sex education in schools is inconsistent.
The survey found that more than four in 10 young people had not learned about healthy or abusive relationships, 16 per cent had not learned the correct names for genitalia at primary school, and 17 per cent did not know that the genitals were private..
But the proportion of 11 to 25-year-olds who rated SRE at their school as “bad” or “very bad” has dropped from 28 per cent in 2011 to 22 per cent in 2015.
Lucy Emmerson, coordinator of the Sex Education Forum, said: “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.”
Earlier this month, MPs joined forces to urge the education secretary to make sex and relationship education statutory in all schools – including primary schools, academies and free schools…
The calls for compulsory, age-appropriate sex and relationship education seem to be coming thick and fast but the government appears reluctant to move on from their current position which falls short of making this policy.
Any thoughts on why this is? Would you like to see SRE compulsory now in all schools? If not, why not?
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