As head of the Sex Education Forum (SEF), Lisa leads policy and campaigns activities to secure children and young people’s entitlement to good quality sex and relationships education (SRE), on behalf of a membership of national and local organisations.
Previously, she worked for Education For Choice, a young people’s education charity that ran a programme promoting evidence-based sex and relationships education. She has also worked as an online editor of a reproductive health journal Reproductive Health Matters.
Young people don’t just need education about their sexuality, sexual health, gender issues and relationships, they are really hungry for information and enthusiastic about opportunities to address these issues which are so live and relevant for them. It’s a privilege to work in a field where you know your work is wanted and needed. The challenges are immense: lack of resource, massive pressure on classroom time and on teachers, resistance from people who still see discussion of sex and sexuality as controversial, the challenges of helping children to navigate the world with rapidly changing technologies and social conventions. There’s no standing still, but that is great. Who wants to stand still?