The Sex Education Forum is the national authority on sex and relationships education (SRE)
'Let's admit it, there is a national squeamishness about using the correct names for sexual parts of the body...' Lucy Emmerson examines what the problem can be with teaching the correct names for genitalia.
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Two new research reports published 25/26 November show that SRE is vital to our health and well-being. The NATSAL3 survey confirms the positive link between school sex education and decreased likelihood of unplanned pregnancy. The Office of the Children's Commissioner inquiry into child sexual exploitation shows this is no time for complacency. With the evidence so clear, the Sex Education Forum is calling for a guarantee that children and young people get a consistent level of learning about sex and relationships. Read our statement.
We welcome the ChildLine and Internet Watch Foundation campaign (announced 17 October) to make it easier for children and young people to get help about sexting. We are calling for up-to-date advice for teachers on SRE to help schools play a larger part in supporting pupils to understand the risks of sexting and get help if they need it. Read our statement.
The Sex Education Forum welcomes much of the media attention about tackling pornography in SRE as it is a necessary part of raising public awareness. However, sometimes we see articles that, frankly, have presented incorrect information. Here are a few 'myth busters' to set the record straight.