Refuge welcomes news that Relationships and Sex Education will be made statutory


Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of Refuge, said:

“Refuge is delighted to hear Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) will be made statutory.  We have strongly supported the campaign to make this an essential part of education and it is great to see the Government taking action on this important issue.

“Domestic violence claims the lives of two women every week in England and Wales alone. If we want to eradicate violence against women, changing attitudes is essential. RSE provides young people with the knowledge they need to develop relationships based on equality and respect, how to recognise domestic violence, and how to seek support when needed. We believe domestic violence incidences will fall if the next generation is equipped with this knowledge from a young age.

“Today is a great first step towards a better and safer future for young people. However, it will take courage and political will to ensure every child gets the RSE they deserve. Refuge looks forward to working with the Government to ensure the RSE curriculum delivers what it needs to – education around consent, healthy relationships and different forms of abuse, but also an understanding that gender inequality lies at the root of violence against women.”

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