Wednesday 1 March 2017 / 11:44 AM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Good quality relationship and sex education in schools is key to the prevention of child abuse and violence in teenage relationships – Angela Rayner

Angela
Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education
, commenting on
the Government’s plans to introduce statutory age-appropriate relationships
education from Key Stage One, said:

“I
am absolutely delighted with the Government’s announcement that they will seek
to introduce statutory, age-appropriate relationship and sex education for
every child from Key Stage One. 

“This
is the culmination of years of campaigning by the Labour Party, charities and
MPs across the House, and I’m pleased the Minister has listened to the
arguments and acted appropriately.

“Good
quality relationship and sex education in schools is key to the prevention of
child abuse and violence in teenage relationships. It provides children with
the knowledge, resilience and confidence they need to challenge exploitative
relationships.

“Relationship
and sex education is most effective when it sits as part of a whole-school
approach embedding across the curriculum with well-trained staff. The
Government must now ensure schools have the resources to deliver this.”