Statutory RSE must be truly inclusive

The government’s forthcoming guidance for compulsory relationships and sex education must be made inclusive of all students, including those with SEN and disabilities, says Lesley Kerr-Edwards

Wanting to ensure that children are happy and safe is a basic intention of everyone who works with children and young people who have SEND.

Families want services which can help their children to learn the skills and knowledge they need to live positive lives, have healthy relationships, recognise difficulties, understand risks, and keep themselves safe.

Therefore, the government’s new statutory relationships and sex education (RSE) is a very promising development. After 30 years working in this area, I hope this compulsory requirement, due to come into effect in September 2019, will be the turning point for all schools (including mainstream and special schools) to provide truly inclusive RSE for all our children and young people.

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