About Us

Who we are and what we believe

The Sex Education Forum is a membership organisation and works together with its members and other stakeholders to achieve quality sex and relationships education (SRE).

Our members include schools, colleges, youth settings, local authorities, NHS trusts, local and national organisations and individuals. Find out how to become a member.

Established in 1987, we believe that ALL children and young people have the right to good SRE. Our work on SRE is underpinned by evidence, a rights-based approach and the expressed needs of children and young people.

We have a statement of Principles and Values for SRE which explains what we believe is needed for good quality SRE.

Our structure

All our income is secured from member subscriptions, consultancy work, training, publication sales and donations. We also run projects funded by specific donors, most recently the Wellcome Trust and Comic Relief. We are hosted by the charity National Children’s Bureau.

An Advisory Group of 8 elected members informs and guides the work of the Sex Education Forum. See our list of core members

The current Advisory Group elected in December 2015 (currently including two co-opted members) is:

  • Chair: Jane Lees, representing NSCoPSE

  • Alice Hoyle, representing RSE Hub

  • Alice Cruttwell, representing Shropshire Council

  • Alison Hadley OBE, Life Member

  • Jay Harman, representing the British Humanist Association

  • Ruth Hilton, individual core member 

  • Laura Russell, representing Family Planning Association 

  • Alex Phillips, representing the Terrence Higgins Trust

  • Zahra Alijah, individual core member

Our objectives

We have three main objectives:

1. To ensure children and young people's entitlement to SRE is firmly embedded into national and local government policies and public understanding.

2. To support professionals to access and share information so they are well informed and competent to commission, plan, deliver, evaluate and research SRE.

3. To identify, explore and respond to new themes emerging in practice, policy and research, nationally and internationally, and provide leadership to facilitate wider discussions about new and sometimes challenging ideas.