Advocate Panel welcomes government announcement on Sex and Relationships Education

1 March 2017

After three years of calling for Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) our Advocate Panel has welcomed the announcement from Justine Greening about introducing statutory SRE. OurAdvocates said:

We’re really pleased to see Justine Greening’s announcement today that she’ll be taking steps to make Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) statutory.

Since our Girls Matter campaign in 2014 we’ve called on the government to introduce high quality compulsory SRE in all schools in England. Our Girls’ Attitudes Survey shows three quarters of girls (74%) aged 11 to 21 want SRE to be taught in school.

Today we feel like we’re being listened to. Introducing compulsory, high quality SRE, to include consent, tackling violence against women and girls, online abuse, gender equality and LGBT and healthy relationships, must become a reality - it will give young people the tools and knowledge they desperately need to support themselves throughout their lives, to keep safe and be able to make informed decisions.

We think this will make a significant difference for all young people and we look forward to hearing more details.

The Advocate Panel consists of 18 Girlguiding members aged 14 to 25 from across the UK. They meet throughout the year to talk about issues that are important to them, such as body confidence, representation of girls and women in the media, access to better sex and relationships education and role models for girls.