NCB statement on relationships, sex and health education

NCB stands firm in its belief that every child has a right to high-quality, age-appropriate relationships, sex and health education (RSHE).

In an age when children have easy access to harmful online content, it is imperative they also receive information from trusted educational sources delivered by well-trained teachers. Leaving such vital aspects of their development to chance, including in relation to their mental health and wellbeing, exposes them to potential harm and misinformation. That is why NCB was central to the campaign to guarantee all children RSHE in the first place.

It is welcome that grief education will now form part of the curriculum, as most children will face the death of someone important by the time they leave school – the deep emotions this brings can leave them feeling isolated. However, more can and should be done to focus on the specific needs of those most at risk and who have the poorest outcomes, including disabled children and those with experience of social care.

The Government has rightly identified the need for clearer guidance for schools, but it is essential that any resulting curriculum keeps children safe and is supported by high-quality training for school staff tasked with its delivery. We look forward to reading the draft guidance in more detail and will be working across the children’s sector to respond.