Lucy Emmerson, Coordinator of the Sex Education Forum, said:
‘We welcome Vera Baird QC’s call on government today to make sex education compulsory in all schools, at both primary and secondary levels. Sex and relationships education (SRE) is every child’s right and recent reports highlight just how vitally important it is for children’s safety and wellbeing.
‘Introducing SRE in primary school and building on it year-on-year, will enable young people to understand a wide spectrum of issues, including consent, sexual health and the difference between acceptable and abusive behaviour.
'Government cannot continue to ignore the groundswell of support for SRE from parents, teachers, politicians, and especially young people themselves. With a new Cabinet in place there is a new opportunity to act with clarity and speed and ensure that the next generation of children are not dependent on the internet to help them understand sex and are properly protected from abuse. ’