Sex Education Forum statement on new Natsal-3 research highlighting differences in how young people learn about sex and relationships

Jane Lees, Chair of the Sex Education Forum said:

"This study powerfully illustrates the difference it can make when young people have reliable sources of information about sex and relationships. Good quality sex and relationships education (SRE) needs to be universal in schools and meet the needs of boys as well as girls."

"We urge all political parties to make a manifesto commitment to statutory SRE. Parents need support too so that they can play their role in talking to their children. Boys in particular are missing out on conversations about growing up at home. If legislation is changed and SRE becomes compulsory in all primary and secondary schools there will be fresh scope for partnership between school and home so every child is guaranteed age-appropriate and reliable information about relationships, their bodies and sex."