APPG on HIV & AIDS welcomes Government announcement to introduce statutory SRE in all schools in England and Wales
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS welcomes the Government’s amendment to the Children and Social Work Bill making relationships and sex education (RSE) a statutory requirement in all secondary schools. The APPG, working with its partners in civil society, supports the view that RSE is crucial in ensuring that young people are empowered with the knowledge and life skills they will need to develop healthy and supportive relationships and prevent the onward transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
Speaking after the announcement, Mike Freer, Chair of the APPG on HIV & AIDS noted ‘statutory RSE in schools is long overdue and we are pleased that the Government has committed to doing more to support young people, growing up with 21st century challenges to safe and healthy relationships. The APPG looks forward to working alongside the Government to improve the quality and delivery of SRE and PSHE and ensure that guidance for schools is LGBT-inclusive and includes a significant focus on good sexual health.’