SEF celebrates 25 years with online campaign

New campaign aims to show that sex education matters

The Sex Education Forum (SEF), hosted by leading children's charity the National Children's Bureau, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the launch of the Sex Ed Matters campaign which highlights the vital importance of sex and relationships education (SRE) and seeks to dispel unhelpful myths about what is taught.

Children themselves repeatedly tell us that sex education can be too little, too late and too biological and one of the Sex Education Forum's many achievements over the past 25 years has been to advocate a widening of the subject to include relationships education. Good SRE gives children and young people vital information about growing up and sexual health. It also teaches skills for friendships, an understanding of healthy relationships and the importance of consent.

Through 12-months of online discussion and debate, the Sex Ed Matters campaign will lift the lid on how SRE has improved over the last 25 years and show why more work is needed to maintain the momentum. A series of blog posts will encourage discussion on important aspects of SRE, while key facts about the subject will be tweeted - one for every year of the Forum's existence. Major milestones in the development of sex education will be published on the Sex Education Forum's Facebook timeline, providing a fascinating history of SRE. The idea is to spark informed debate about SRE and to do away with some of the falsehoods that surround the subject.

Lisa Handy, Coordinator of the Sex Education Forum said: "We've come a long way since 1987, especially now that we have strong evidence showing that young people who receive good quality SRE are actually more likely to first have sex at an older age. It is disappointing to hear some people blame SRE for sexualising children but this simply isn't the case. We know SRE actually helps protect children and young people by teaching them about what is appropriate and inappropriate behaviour, and who they can speak to if they have concerns. We hope the Sex Ed Matters campaign will remind parliament of the importance of SRE and wake everyone up to the fact that high quality SRE is every child's right."

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About the Sex Education Forum

Members of the Sex Education Forum include over 60 national organisations and hundreds of SRE practitioners, with representatives from health, education, faith, disability and children's organisations who believe that ALL children and young people have the right to good SRE.


About the National Children's Bureau

The National Children's Bureau (NCB) is a leading research and development charity working to improve the lives of children and young people, especially the most vulnerable. We work with children, for children to reduce the impact of inequalities, by influencing government policy, being the voice for 200,000 front-line professionals, and inspiring practical solutions on a range of social issues including health, education and youth justice, through our extensive research and evidence work.

Every year we reach more than 100,000 children and young people through our membership scheme, links with voluntary, statutory and private organisations, and the 30 specialist partnership programmes that operate under our charitable status.