Sex and Relationships Education – Discussion paper for Mothers’ Union members
Mothers’ Union has a mandate to promote flourishing and healthy relationships. As such, we are interested in how best young people can be supported and equipped to enjoy healthy and positive relationships: with one another; friends; family members; and others.
Young people’s relationships are facing unprecedented challenges in society, and there has been much discussion recently about the role that school-based sex and relationships education (SRE) and Personal, Social, Health, and Economic Education (PSHE) can play in supporting young people in this area. Much of the debate has centred around whether SRE within schools requires improvement; whether it should be delivered as part of a PSHE curriculum with a stronger focus on relationships, rather than merely the physiological aspects of sex and reproduction; and whether in order to ensure that this is delivered and delivered well, PSHE should be made a statutory subject, where this is not already the case.
Mothers’ Union has produced a discussion paper with questions, in order to gather the views and experiences of members about how society can best support children and young people to navigate this complex area, build healthy relationships both now and in the future, prevent abuse, and experience a better level of wellbeing generally. We have also provided information about the issue. Please complete the questions to the best of your ability, and feel free to provide as much information as you wish to. The paper can be completed as either an individual, or as part of a group.