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Family Education Trust
Statutory sex and relationships education not the answer to sexual harassment and sexual violence, says family charity

12 September 2016


The deep-seated cultural and social factors that lie behind the sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools will not be solved by putting sex and relationships education (SRE) on the national curriculum, according to national family charity, Family Education Trust.


Responding to today's report from the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee, Family Education Trust director, Norman Wells, commented:

‘The rise in the incidence of sexual harassment and sexual violence must be seen in the context of a highly sexualised culture in which we have made an idol of sexual pleasure. As a society, we have tended to view sex as a casual recreational activity rather than as an expression of total, lifelong commitment. And all too often, sex and relationships education in schools is contributing to the problem. Young people are being given the impression that sexual urges and impulses cannot be controlled and must be expressed.'


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UK Supreme Court strikes down 'defective' and 'disproportionate' named person scheme

28 July 2016


Family Education Trust welcomes today’s UK Supreme Court ruling that the named person scheme is ‘defective’ and ‘cannot be brought into force’ in its present form.


The plan that every child and young person in Scotland should have a state-appointed professional to ‘safeguard and support their wellbeing’ from birth until at least the age of 18 will therefore not now be introduced as originally proposed.

Norman Wells, director of the Family Education Trust, one of the four charities which brought the case to the UK Supreme Court, commented:

‘We warmly welcome the Court’s recognition that the named person scheme represents a disproportionate intrusion into family life and undermines parents...'


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