01 MAY 2019
Relationships and Sex Education
Thank you for taking the time to email me about relationships and sex education (RSE) I am fully supportive of this and will continue to take a robust approach to the value of teaching about this in schools.
I agree that LGBT inclusive education should be protected and this topic was raised several times in a recent debate in the House on RSE. You can read the full transcript of the debate and the Minister's response here.
I am proud of the steps this country has taken in ensuring LGBT rights and equality and I was pleased to vote for same sex marriage,
On the wider topic of RSE, I do think that relationship and sex education should be compulsory. I would stress that it has to be first and foremost about relationships and of course to be age-appropriate. It is about far more than 'plumbing and prevention'.
I am concerned having listened to evidence given to the Health and Social Care Committee about the extent to which young people are gathering information about sex from pornography, which is often violent and distorts understanding of what constitutes as consent. In addition, it is clearly of paramount importance that future generations understand the danger of sexually transmitted diseases and how they spread but of course these issues need to be tackled with sensitivity.
I quite understand that many parents wish to broach these subjects with their children themselves. However, we should make sure all children receive the information they need to keep safe. On the matter of reducing unplanned teenage pregnancy, progress is being made on this and I think that it is important to make sure that we keep up the progress in this area.
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