Equipping Christians for the General Election

Where do the main parties stand on Sex and Relationships Education?
Public Affairs

CARE believes that sex and relationships education (SRE) works best when parents are fully engaged both having conversations with their children at home, apart from what is happening at school, and in being fully aware of when and how this subject is being covered at school so they can follow-up at home. Further information as to where CARE stands on Sex and Relationships Education issues can be accessed here

Below are extracts from the manifestos of the larger political parties relating to SRE.

Alliance Party

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Conservative Party

The Conservative party will “educate today’s young people in the harms of the internet and how best to combat them, introducing comprehensive Relationships and Sex Education in all primary and secondary schools to ensure that children learn about the risks of the internet, including cyberbullying and online grooming.” (pg. 79)

Democratic Unionist Party

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Green Party (England and Wales)

The Green Party pledges to “Improve young people’s access to basic but vital health needs, by providing more funding for sexual health awareness campaigns, providing greater access to free condoms and sexual health clinics; removing VAT from sanitary products and ensuring that they are provided free of charge to those in extreme financial need.” (pg. 15)

In the separate manifesto for gender equality the Green Party also commits to the following:

“Ensure all children receive high quality age appropriate sex and relationships education exploring issues such as consent, different kinds of abuse in relationships, maintaining healthy relationships in the world of smartphones and the internet, and of sexual and romantic identities beyond “heterosexual”. Where necessary, teachers shall be provided with additional training to enable this.”

“Address gender stereotypes, homophobia and transphobia in society, initiating public education programs both in schools and wider society.” (Manifesto for Gender Equality pg. 12)

Green Party in Northern Ireland

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Labour Party

“We will make age-appropriate sex and relationship education a compulsory part of the curriculum so young people can learn about respectful relationships.” (pg.77)

“To tackle bullying of LGBT young people, Labour will ensure that all teachers receive initial and ongoing training on the issues students face and how to address them. And we will ensure that the new guidance for relationships and sex education is LGBT inclusive.” (pg. 111)

Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats promise to “introduce a curriculum entitlement – a slimmed down core national curriculum, which will be taught in all state-funded schools. This will include Personal, Social and Health Education: a ‘curriculum for life’ including financial literacy, first aid and emergency lifesaving skills, mental health education, citizenship and age-appropriate Sex and Relationship Education (SRE).” (pg.28)

The Liberal Democrats will “include in SRE teaching about sexual consent, LGBT+ relationships, and issues surrounding explicit images and content.” (pg.29)

The Liberal Democrats are committed to “make the curriculum the responsibility of an Educational Standards Authority to pilot, phase in and resource future changes in consultation with professionals and experts while retaining legitimate democratic accountability.” (pg. 29)

The Liberal Democrats will “challenge gender stereotyping and early sexualisation, working with schools to promote positive body image and break down outdated perceptions of gender appropriateness of particular academic subjects.” (pg. 29)

They will “Tackle bullying in schools, including bullying on the basis of gender, sexuality, gender identity or gender expression.” (pg. 30)

Plaid Cymru

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Scottish Greens

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Scottish National Party

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Sinn Fein

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Social Democratic and Labour Party

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UKIP

UKIP reaffirms its 2015 Manifesto pledge to “end sex education in primary schools.” (pg. 24)

Ulster Unionist Party

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