SEF's Response to Cross Party Inquiry

Sex and Relationships Education should be made statutory, says the cross party inquiry

The Sex Education Forum (SEF), based at leading national children's charity the National Children's Bureau, welcomes recommendations in the Cross Party Inquiry into Unplanned Pregnancy published today (Thursday 20 December 2012) that calls for Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) to be made statutory, a recommendation that the SEF made has been calling for, for many years.

SEF is also pleased to see the report highlighting the need for statutory SRE training for teachers, educating both boys and girls about the importance of consent, and aiming to protect young people from sexual exploitation.

Lisa Handy, Coordinator of the Sex Education Forum said: 'SEF particularly welcomes the recognition that more Relationships Education should be delivered in schools. Young people have made it clear that their current SRE is too biological and that they want their SRE to cover the social and personal aspects of relationships.'

SEF is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with the launch of the Sex Ed Matters campaign, a year long campaign to highlights the vital importance of sex and relationships education. One SEF'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.


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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. For further information visit


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.