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Sex ed in the news 

Round-up from 10/11/17 to 1/1/18

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British Youth Council’s Youth Select Committee report on body image and the impact it has on the wellbeing of children and young people 

Recommendations to government include: the commissioning of research to address gaps in the evidence base, including on poor body image in pre-adolescents, the link between poor body image and risky behaviours, and the long-term impact of poor body image on young people; the development of resources to support the challenges faced by young men, LGBT+ youth, ethnic minorities, and those with disabilities or serious illnesses; and the establishment of an annual National Body Confidence week to act as a focus for body image activities

Source: British Youth Council 

The report: A body confident future (PDF)

AND: • “Body dissatisfaction causing long-lasting consequences for young people” says Youth Select Committee


Underarm hair is making a comeback – but there's just one problem

WHICH REFERENCES: • Rise of young women going "au naturel" as nearly a quarter now don't shave their underarms – from 19/5/17


Why underarm hair makes me feel sexy – from 4/17


Haven’t you shaved it? – by Flora Davies (age 16)


Female facial hair: if so many women have it, why are we so deeply ashamed?


This is how Meghan Markle stays in shape – subheadline: “This is how Prince Harry’s fiancée keeps her enviable figure” (title on Evening Standard subscribers’ email: “How to stay in shape like Meghan Markle”)


Watch Anitta's steamy Terry Richardson-directed 'Vai Malandra' video – The video has sparked commentary in Brazil about feminism, race, and even disease-carrying mosquitoes

AND: • Hit Brazilian music video touches nerve over race, sexist abuse and inequality

AND: • 'I specifically asked for my a** not to be retouched': Brazilian singer's music video that opens with a lingering shot of her derriere causes a stir because it shows off her rolls of cellulite


“Hair Nah” – a new game gives slappy repurcussions to strangers who insist on touching your hair


Lupita Nyong'o calls out Grazia UK for hair photoshopping

AND: • Photographer apologizes for editing actress' hair out of cover photo

AND: • Lupita Nyong'o is right: erasing her afro hair exposes the extent of prejudice


Whoopi Goldberg on mean comments and modeling in an all-black shoot


The former British Vogue editor's defense of her super-white magazine is bloody bonkers!


Don't tell me black cover models don't sell – editors have the power to change cultural perceptions


Spike Lee's "She's Gotta Have It" remake is sex positive, polyamorous, pansexual, and black


52 weeks of directors: Gina Prince Blythewood – the struggles of a black female director (Love & Basketball; Beyond the Lights) to have black women leads


Plus-sized model and activist Ashley Graham gets her own Barbie doll
AND: • In a first, Mattel introduces a hijab-wearing Barbie doll


Sex And The Citadel: Intimate Life in A Changing Arab World by Sheeren El Feki: book review – from 6/3/13



Post-Weinstein, it's time for a pop-culture cleanse


Should sexual harassers Harvey Weinstein and Louis CK be given a second chance?


Douchebag decree: Louis CK is cancelled


Louie was propaganda for Louis CK's decency. How does it look now?


Dylan Farrow: why won’t Hollywood confront Woody Allen?
AND: • Why has the #MeToo revolution spared Woody Allen? – by Dylan Farrow


JK Rowling has defended Johnny Depp’s casting in Fantastic Beasts. Is it time we moved on?

AND: • Why JK Rowling’s statement on Johnny Depp’s Fantastic Beasts casting so troubling





Period positive – on Woman’s Hour from 11/10/17

Why are girls still too embarrassed to talk about their periods? Activist Chella Quint is on a mission to make Sheffield 'period positive' in the hope more cities will follow suit and banish the taboo


The shame of period poverty is keeping British girls out of school. Let’s break the silence

AND: • One teen has been campaigning to end period poverty – BBC story about the Pink Protest from 21/12/17

AND: • The Pool at the #FreePeriods protest – includes 4-minute video

AND: • Daisy Lowe joins demo against period poverty as protesters descend on Westminster

AND: • Meet The 18-Year-Old Fighting To End Period Poverty In The UK

AND: • Stylist’s Women of the Year 2017: The teenager fighting against period poverty


Boots criticised over failure to cut price of morning-after pill

AND: • Boots “breaking” morning-after pill promise, say Labour MPs


Hannah Witton: “Why doesn't anyone wear condoms on TV?” – 2.5-minute video discussion with “sex vlogger”/YouTuber Hannah Witton





Before we can understand why some men rape, we need to tackle toxic masculinity – the piece contains the great line: “There is a clear sequence between sexual assault, sexual harassment and aggressive changing room ‘banter’, which we need to accept”


International Men’s Day: 12 men reveal what it means to be a “good man”


What a gay man can teach a straight guy about sex and relationships


Mansplaining, Explained – comic strip by Sarah Mirk and Alexandra Beguez


5 men on why they didn't stop harassment at work


New Gillette campaign explores the complexity of modern masculinity
AND: • British men share the damaging effects of modern masculinity


PAST EVENT Inspiring stories: extreme hardship and self-improvement 

Three men who have faced extreme hardship tell their honest stories about how they conquered setbacks and demons to rise back to being their best selves. The aim? To get past polarised gender expectations and focus on humanity, honesty, vulnerability, empathy and kindness. Put on by BNP Paribas and Being ManKind – a project created to help tackle outdated stereotypes of masculinity through stories. Held on 22/11

PAST EVENT (FOR FUTURE REFERENCE) Being A Man – annual Southbank Centre festival addressing the challenges and pressures of masculine identity in the 21st century. For 2017, its fourth year, we asked: what makes a man? Included discussions about masculinity, power, male identity and fatherhood, bullying, porn, politics, Nordic masculinity, teenage knife crime, mental health, grime and other music, the Screaming Men’s Choir from Finland…

(24-26 November 2017)

• Summary (2-minute video)

• Ashley Waters interview (2016)

• Professor Green interview (2016)


PAST EVENT (FOR FUTURE REFERENCE) Men Get Eating Disorders Too national conference in Brighton on 17/11/17 featured such talks as: “Body dysmorphia and muscle dysmorphia in men”, “Why we need to change the mental health conversation for boys and men”, “Boosting self-esteem with exercise recovery”, “Yoga for recovery from eating disorders”, “Exploring men and eating disorders”, “Feel Happy (Eating) Fix”, “Body image in a social society” and the video presentations “No longer broken: discovering the truth between the pieces” and “Muscle dysmorphia and anabolic-androgenic steroid dependence”, plus a Q& A and workshops. Several speakers were recorded here:


International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) is the largest multi-country study of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa. Coordinated by Promundo and UN Women, in collaboration with local research partners, the report looks at what it means to be a man in Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Palestine today. Exploring key issues at home and at work, in public and private life, the research confronts many of the stereotypes associated with men in the region and highlights pathways to gender equality


Masculinity: being a man today – Woman’s Hour – 28/12/17

What's it like to grow up as a man today? Do accepted ideas about masculinity need to change? The flood of allegations of sexual misconduct by men in public life and the stories shared at #MeToo have re-opened conversations about whether masculinity itself is toxic. We've heard from actor Robert Webb and former lad Chris Hemmings who've questioned conventional expectations of male behaviour. Are they typical of changing attitudes and what are the biggest challenges facing masculinity? With singer/songwriter Will Young and director Chris Sweeney (creators of a podcast for LGBTQ audiences), Bilal Khan who works across youth programmes in schools, Guardian editor/author Mark Rice-Oxley, and author Ross Raisin


War on pornography: the end of patriarchy – hour-long radio interview with Robert Jensen – radical feminist, activist, professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and author of The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men


Justin Baldoni at TEDWomen: "Men need to recognize the power of their feminine qualities"

AND: • Man Enough is a disruptive social movement ignited by a dinner conversation series that explores the heart of traditional masculinity in America

Why we need to stop talking about a “masculinity crisis”





Sex Appeal 7 – annual fundraising stand-up comedy event for sexual-health charity Brook featuring the excellent Shazia Mirza and Mae Martin plus Andrew O'Neill, David Mills, Gráinne Maguire, Nish Kumar, Sindhu Vee, Vikki Stone. On 27 January at the Conway Hall, London. Tickets £25, students £12


Movie sex is the worst: 10 myths that need to go


You won’t believe what girls do with your dick pics! – 4-minute video from Come Curious (“A video blog for the sexually curious from two honest vaginas”)


Cat Person: the short story that launched a thousand theories

AND: • The uproar over the New Yorker short story “Cat Person,” explained

"I wish we talked more about…” Part 1: Women and sex – from 12/4/15


I’ll have what they’re having





Three important questions to ask kids about online safety


Former Facebook executive: social media is ripping society apart


Silicon Valley has remade our children’s world – but they need British culture too – by Tony Hall, director general of the BBC

AND: • BBC launches Own It website to help under-12s navigate online risks

AND: • BBC launches Own It site for kids

AND: • Own It – A place to help you boss your life online – the site for 9- to 12-year-olds


Child exploitation: live streaming an “urgent” threat


Childline counselling for cyberbullying continues to rise – in conjunction with Anti-Bullying Week (13-17 November)


Stop, Speak, Support: cyberbullying campaign 

The Royal Foundation’s taskforce on the prevention of cyberbullying has launched the Stop, Speak, Support campaign. The NSPCC along with other organisations and young people has developed guidance for teachers designed to support them to deliver Stop, Speak, Support to 11-16 year olds. The campaign helps young people spot cyberbullying and highlights three steps that bystanders can take if they witness bullying and ways to provide support to the person being bullied. 

Source: The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry 
Further information: The Anti-Bullying Alliance

AND: • Stop Speak Support – 1-minute video about banter escalation


Cyberbullying: advice for professionals

The UK Safer Internet Centre published advice for professionals concerned about cyberbullying. Resources include information on legal requirements for schools and colleges and links to online resources on bullying.

Source: UK Safer Internet Centre  


Children would like teachers to talk more about bullying

A survey of more than 1,500 children in England by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and the National Children’s Bureau has revealed that 36% of children think their teachers do not do enough to educate them about bullying. They are also worried about being bullied for being different. 40% of children said they would hide aspects of themselves for fear of being bullied

Source: National Children’s Bureau 

AND: • Bullying and cyberbullying: keeping children safe – tips for parents/carers and resources for schools/teachers from the NSPCC


Childhoods in a digital world

Compares the challenges and opportunities facing today’s children with the experiences of teenagers in previous decades. Findings from a YouGov survey of more than 2,300 young people aged 13-15 and adults aged 18 and over include: 54% of those aged 13-15 read books while 79% of adults read when they were young teens; 53% of 13-year-olds have dumped a boyfriend or girlfriend by Whatsapp, Twitter, Snapchat or Facebook; 25% of those aged 13-15 had communicated with a stranger on social media


The State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a Digital World

As the debate about whether the internet is safe for children rages, this report discusses how digital access can be a game changer for children or yet another dividing line. It represents the first comprehensive look from UNICEF at the different ways digital technology is affecting children, identifying dangers as well as opportunities. It makes a clear call to governments, the digital technology sector and telecom industries to level the digital playing field for children by creating policies, practices and products that can help children harness digital opportunities and protect them from harm
AND: • Children in a Digital World report


Children and young people’s media use

Ofcom report on children’s and parents’ use of and attitudes to media. Findings include: 17% of children aged 8-11 and 29% of children aged 12-15 who go online say they have ever seen something online that they found worrying or nasty

Source: Ofcom Further information: Children and parents: media use and attitudes report (PDF)


UK youth targeted with sexual harassment on the internet – about Project deSHAME – cross-country report/research in collaboration with Childnet and organisations in Hungary and Denmark

AND: • Young people’s experiences of online sexual harassment – Project deSHAME executive summary

AND: • Young people’s experiences of online sexual harassment – Project deSHAME full report

AND: • Press release about Project deSHAME


Digital Romance report – from Brook / CEOP – A research project exploring young people’s use of technology in their romantic relationships and love lives – by Dr Esther McGeeney and Dr Elly Hanson 

How digital technology fundamentally shapes the ways in which young people relate to one another in the arena of romance, sex and relationships. The research highlighted the positives and negatives of using technology which furthers our understanding of the challenges young people face as well as provides insights to improve education. Participants described many benefits to using technology in their love lives, including the opportunities it gave them to meet potential partners, to flirt, to enjoy intimacy, and to get to know someone away from the crowd

AND: • Digital Romance report – press release/summary


Live streaming

The National Crime Agency (NCA) and National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) have released figures from a recent week which show that operations across the UK: safeguarded 245 children and arrested 192 people, 18 of whom were in a position of trust; and 30% of cases involved some of the highest harm offences including live streaming, blackmail and grooming. The NCA and NPCC have launched a campaign – Who is Sam? – to encourage parents to talk to their child about the behaviours that could put them at risk on live streaming platforms. The campaign features a short animation showing how offenders can build relationships with young people online

Source: NCA summary: 245 children safeguarded and 192 arrests for child sex abuse offences 1-minute video: #WhoIsSam 


Live streaming resources

Thinkuknow has launched #Liveskills, a package of resources focusing on live streaming, aimed at professionals working with primary and secondary school aged children and their parents and carers. Issues include: the types of tactics offenders use on live streaming platforms; skills to think critically about the people they meet online; identifying and responding to pressure and manipulation online; and understanding online sexual abuse and sources of support. Free resources; registration needed 

Source: Thinkuknow  

TECHsex 2017 is [an American] collection of data, statistics, stories, and perspectives on the experiences of youth, and how they interact with social media and technology, specifically related to their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Through a national survey, interviews with key stakeholders, and youth focus groups YTH brings together a collection of data, current and relevant statistics that will redefine our understanding of the digital landscape of youth. Beyond SRHR, youth share how their lives are influenced by social media and technology, as much of their lives have moved into digital spaces, like flirting, dating, and even bullying.
Full report:
One pager:





WOW – Women of the World festival at the Southbank Centre – tickets on sale now – from 7/3 to 11/3/18


“Feminism” is our 2017 Word of the Year
AND: • Merriam-Webster's purposeful 2017 word of the year


Why Angelina Jolie’s new movie The Breadwinner is just like a modern Mulan

AND: • Trailer for The Breadwinner


Central Park has no monuments dedicated to real women. That’s about to change


What does Wonder Woman actually represent? – comic strip by Lucy Bellwood and Sarah Mirk from 29/5/17


Jessica Chastain: “It’s about dividing women and I’m not going to be a part of that”


#WhyJyn: Why aren’t men interested in the stories of women? – from 2/5/16


We don’t need all-female networks any more, right? Wrong


50 photos from 2017 that show the power of women’s rage – women protesting in America


Women in China are rising higher in China than in the US [or the UK]


Japanese women are working more, but few are getting ahead

GIRLI is using pop music to create a massive shift in how we talk about gender – from 16/11/17

interview: where men get called rock stars, girls get called hot messes

AND: • Punk, politics
and periods: why Girli is your new pop hero – from 27/2/17





Children to be taught transgender issues in sex education lessons


Australia same-sex marriage: senators rise to applaud speech


Let young boys wear tutus and high heels if they want to, Church of England says

AND: • Church of England issues transphobic bullying guidance

AND: • Boys should be free to wear tutus and tiaras, says Church of England


The Daily Mail's "boys in tiara" story is designed to manufacture rage


Lewis Hamilton apologises for “inappropriate” comments about nephew


NHS asks 10-year-olds if they're “comfortable in their gender” in official transgender survey for schoolchildren
AND: • Intrusive? 10-year-olds asked in NHS survey if they are comfortable in their gender


Ellen Page's Facebook essay on being outed, sexual harassment, violence against women – among other things

AND: • Read Ellen Page's essay on Hollywood sexism right now


Topshop announces gender-neutral changing rooms after trans customer was refused access to female cubicles


Gay Times suspends editor as antisemitic tweets emerge


Almost half of trans pupils have attempted suicide – schools must do more to challenge gender stereotypes

All 193 dead lesbian and bisexual characters on TV, and how they died – American piece from 11/3/16

AND: • Autostraddle’s Favorite and Least Favorite Lesbian, Bisexual, and Trans Women TV Characters of 2017 – American piece


Baopu #34: How Not To Talk To a Girl – from 10/7/17


My Kid is Gay – helping families understand their LGBTQ kids

AND: • Newsletter sign-up


How does the government intend to ensure that the placing of sex and relationship education on a statutory footing will be LGBT inclusive, as stated by the Prime Minister at the PinkNews awards in October, and what content is envisaged to be included in the school curriculum? – asked by Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office, Health, Education) Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 27/12/17





Number of children having anxiety counselling rises 60 per cent


One in 10 teenage girls referred to mental health and learning disability services in past year, finds NHS report

AND: • One in ten teen girls referred to NHS mental health services, first ever statistics show


Suicide rate among young women doubles in a decade


Mental ill-health among children of the new century: trends across childhood, with a focus on age 14

Briefing on the prevalence of mental health problems among children taking part in the Millennium Cohort Study (a representative group of children born in the UK in 2000-01). Looks at how children's emotional health changes throughout their childhood. Findings from research carried out by the UCL Institute of Education include: based on 14-year-olds reporting their own emotional problems, 24% of girls and 9% of boys suffer from depression; 14-year-olds from better-off families were less likely to have high levels of depressive symptoms than those from poorer homes; 14-year-olds' own reports of their emotional problems were different from their parents' reports of their children's emotional problems. Source: Centre for Longitudinal Studies


The Informed Parent: Meave Darroux - Raising Resilient Children

Launch of the Forest Preparatory School Positive Parenting Series 2018

CEO of Brilliant Parents and Managing Director of Brilliant Women, Meave is a thought-leader in the parent relations/parental development space. On 11 January, 7pm to 8.30pm, Forest School, College Place, London E17 3PY. Free but ticketed





Hey “Stranger Things” fans, maybe don’t sexualize kids
AND: • Matilda actress Mara Wilson: a 13-year-old girl is not “all grown up”
AND: • Millie Bobby Brown named sexiest actress by W Magazine, once again promoting pedophilia
AND: • This magazine called Millie Bobby Brown one of the "Sexiest TV Stars" and honestly WTF?!
AND: • This magazine called 13-year-old Millie Bobby Brown one of TV’s “sexiest” stars

Combating sexism in tech with honesty: the impact of Upload's silence – American piece from 11/9/17 but with interesting male viewpoints on locker-room talk/sexist attitudes


Hollywood's women have been calling out misogyny since 1945. But no one listened


Justice League: Photo of Amazons' new costume courts controversy ahead of DC film's release


Media industry discriminates against women, says ex-Vanity Fair editor


Hayek's accusations about the making of Frida make us question nudity in movies


Lancashire shoe firm's “sexist” topless women ad banned


Dick Whittington panto jokes "too smutty" for children


Poundland attracts complaints over sexually suggestive posts


Challenging Sexism in Schools and Colleges – one-day conference run by the Tower Hamlets-based East London NUT (National Union of Teachers) 

Aimed at anyone working in education or youth services, parents & carers, young people and anyone else interested in challenging sexism in education. Explores how sexism operates and how to challenge it. Held on 17/3/18 from 10am to 5pm at National Education Union, 4 Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BB





Will the last few months prove a watershed moment for sexual harassment? – 22-minute segment from 15/12/17 Woman’s Hour

Presenter Jenni Murray, Everyday Sexism founder Laura Bates, activist/writer Bea Campbell, academic and broadcaster Emma Dabiri and Sarah Baxter (Sunday Times deputy editor) deliberate how lasting any change might be


Harassment survey: "I'm a waitress but I feel like a sex worker"


An uncomfortable conversation about sexual harassment at work

AND: • From #MeToo to #WithYou – what we need to do next to tackle sexual harassment at work

AND: • #MeToo- how can we fight silence as a ‘condition of employment’? – from 25/10/17


Minnie Driver: men like Matt Damon “simply cannot understand what abuse is like”


Harvey Weinstein is my monster too – Salma Hayek writes in the New York Times about filming Frida

AND: • Weinstein sabotaged Salma Hayek’s career – and distorted Frida Kahlo’s legacy


The reckoning: women and power in the workplace – fascinating essays and art by 18 women in the New York Times


This moment isn’t (just) about sex. It’s really about work


So men are afraid after #MeToo? Think about what it’s like for women


Men, here’s what you can to do help combat sexual misconduct – includes brilliant 3-minute video clip of interviews with advice to men from powerful women


After #MeToo, it's time for men to get uncomfortable at work


Louis CK responds to allegation of sexual misconduct: "These stories are true"


Louis CK, Roy Moore and a glimpse into how #MeToo might end


Gal Gadot’s ouster of Brett Ratner from Wonder Woman 2 makes her the hero we need, and deserve


Joe Biden on Anita Hill’s 1991 sexual harassment case: “She was victimized”


When does a watershed become a sex panic?

The 4 redemption narratives we are currently using to minimize this sexual harassment hellscape


US senator Al Franken apologises for grope caught on camera


Legal history reveals that even in the 1980s, it wasn’t “OK” to sexually harass women


Street harassment doesn’t belong in 2017 – from teenage site Our Progress Project


At Westminster, those accused of abuse still walk among us

PAST EVENT Harassment at work: The beginning of the end? – Guardian Live debate

While the Harvey Weinstein scandal provoked soul-searching and hard questions in Hollywood, its impact has been felt across the globe. Are these the early days of a revolution? In part two of our Smashing the Glass Ceiling series, Guardian reporter and gender rights campaigner Alexandra Topping chairs a discussion on what you can do to help in this fight. Panellists include Vicky Featherstone, artistic director of London's Royal Court Theatre, barrister and expert in human rights law Helena Kennedy and Catherine Mayer, co-founder of the Women's Equality Party. Held on 5/12/17 at the Guardian, Kings Place, London


Silence breakers and the Weinstein effect – 15/12/17 episode of Backtalk – podcast from Bitch Media





Teachers warned not to dismiss sexual harassment as “banter”


Are we ignoring an epidemic of sexual violence in schools?


Sexual harassment "rife" in schools but largely unreported, study says

AND: • NEU and UK Feminista put pressure on government over sexual harassment in schools

AND: Girls still regularly facing sexual harassment at school, disturbing report underlines


NUS to investigate sexual harassment at universities


Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges – Department for Education (DfE) report [which, incidentally, contains no mention of porn – its influence / impact]

Non-statutory advice for schools and colleges on how to prevent and respond to reports of sexual violence and harassment between children. This covers: what is meant by “sexual violence and harassment between children”; schools’ and colleges’ legal responsibilities; the importance of having a whole school or college approach; how to respond to reports of sexual violence and sexual harassment; safeguarding and supporting all children involved

AND: • Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges – NSPCC briefing





Cases of UK child sexual abuse up 31%, says NSPCC


Estimated 20,000 British men interested in sexually abusing children


Peer-on-peer abuse toolkit

Farrer & Co has published a toolkit to help schools prevent, identify early and respond appropriately to peer-on-peer abuse. It provides guidance on developing and introducing a peer-on-peer abuse policy and a template peer-on-peer abuse policy. This interim version will be revised in due course to include a specific focus on digital behaviour. Topics covered include: developing an overarching policy and introducing it to the school community; tailoring the policy to a school’s specific context; risk assessment; appropriate language and approaches; ongoing protective work. 

Briefing Farrer & Co briefing on new resources on sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges, and peer-on-peer abuse 



“End violence against women”: Reclaim the Night shuts down streets

AND: • Hundreds of women march through london to “Reclaim the Night”

AND: • This year, Reclaim the Night is more significant than ever

AND: • Reclaim the Night – 40th anniversary of the all-women march to protest against rape and all forms of male violence against women (40th anniversary) – at 6pm on 25 November


What experts know about men who rape – from 30/10/17


The pioneering therapy helping sexual violence survivors


Rape charities struggling to cope with “unprecedented” spike in #MeToo sex crime survivors seeking help


“We are coming for you” message on abuse

AND: • Every 9 Minutes – domestic abuse ad – powerful 30-second video from PoliceScotland


Police failing to attend one in nine domestic violence incidents, figures show

Misperception intervention: 12 sexual assault myths you need to know – Australian blog post





The Department for Education launched a call for evidence on 19/12/17 as part of its review of upcoming changes to RSE (relationships and sex education) and PSHE (political social health economic education)

The government is asking parents, teachers and young people to help shape the new curriculum. The call for evidence is open online until 12 February – it takes around 30 minutes and invites views on age-appropriate content on mental wellbeing, staying safe online and LGBT issues

• The consultation

• Information about the review/call for evidence 

• Young people’s call for evidence

• Announcement


Young People’s Manifesto: What We Want And Need From RSE 
1-page document for young people to give to schools – result of a collaboration between sexual-health charities Brook and FPA and a group of young people in 9/17 about a “baseline for ‘quality RSE’” for compulsory RSE in 9/19


Department for Education PSHE/RSE consultation: get your students involved Lesson: PSHE Education and young people’s voices – Key stages 3 and 4 – lesson plan for assessing students’ PSHE / RSE priorities from the PSHE Association


Trending hashtag #RSE2017 on 15/11/17 at the launch of the Sex Education Forum's statement of commitment at Parliament 
The event focused on hearing from young people about their vision for RSE. Present were MPs Maria Miller, Stella Creasy, Sarah Champion and Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening, who said that 17 years is far too long to have left the government guidance without an update


There’s too much sex in sex education. We need more on relationships


“The YouTube generation”: will the future of sex education be online?


Former union president to advise DfE on sex and relationships education – from 6/11/17


Save our sexual health services petition

Reverse the damaging cuts to the public health budget in England and provide sufficient funding to ensure that patients can continue to access high-quality sexual health services throughout the country


RSE (relationships and sex education) poster for schools 
The Sex Education Forum has developed a statement which explains what is needed for good quality RSE. The 12 points of the statement are based on research evidence. They are supported by partners including NSPCC, Barnardo's, The Children's Society and NCB, and the following education unions: ASCL, NASUWT, NEU, NAHT and UNISON. Schools are invited to download and use the statement to make their own commitment to good-quality RSE. Whether their RSE is well established or needs development they can display this statement, share it with parents, staff and governors and use it as a springboard to develop the quality of RSE provision they aspire to


Managing sexualised behaviour in primary schools: online course

This course, organised by the NSPCC, is for anyone working in primary schools. The course will cover how to: recognise which sexual behaviours are healthy and which are of concern; respond to incidents of sexualised behaviour; report concerns and record incidents; and risk manage sexualised behaviour. Cost: £30

For information: NSPCC


Sex education needs to be more graphic because teens are trying taboo practices, say experts

AND: • Changes in young people’s sexual practices over the last 20 years revealed

AND: • Scientists call for more graphic sex education as British teens become more “adventurous” in bed

AND: • Young people “experimenting more in bed”


When does the government expect the draft regulations placing personal, social, health and economic education and sex and relationship education, on a statutory footing, to be laid before Parliament? – asked by Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office, Health, Education) Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 27/12/17


Will the Secretary of State for Education make it her policy to allow parents to remove their child from relationships education classes in primary schools? – asked by Ranil Jayawardena, Conservative, North East Hampshire on 17/11/17


Run, Hide, Tell resources for schools

Counter Terrorism Policing in collaboration with the PSHE Association and Girlguiding have produced a Run, Hide, Tell resource pack for teachers to use to inform 11-16-year-olds on how best to react to a gun or knife terror attack. Includes training films, lesson plans for key stages 3 and 4 as well as teacher guidance

Source: National Counter Terrorism Security Office  

Further information: Run, Hide, Tell





More than half of UK teenagers have seen revenge porn being shared by friends, finds research

So your kid is looking at porn. Now what? – from 17/12/11


The danger of hardcore porn on teenage minds – 8-minute video from Australia with Liz Walker of charity Porn Harms Kids

AND: • The Porn Harms Kids Report: protecting our kids from online harms is everyone’s business – report from the Australian charity

AND: • Porn Harms Kids website


Sending nudes ft. Beauty Spectrum | Voice Box | Childline – 5-minute video for kids


Police dealing with rising number of "sexting" cases involving children


Police investigate 17 child sexting cases a day


Young people who display technology-assisted harmful sexual behaviour

The NSPCC’s Impact and evidence series features a blog by Senior Evaluation Officer Vicki Hollis and Associate Head of Evaluation Emma Belton sharing findings from a literature review and research exploring the backgrounds and behaviours of young males who display harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) using the internet and digital technology, known as technology assisted HSB or TA-HSB. Describes how research findings were used to develop the TA-HSB practice guidance to help practitioners assess the risks arising from an adolescent’s technology-assisted HSB

Source: NSPCC  

Read the report: A review of the research on children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviour online (PDF)

We know it’s abuse when we see it, unless it’s women being hurt – from 17/4/17


Suddenly Britain is discussing porn. And it’s as awkward as it sounds


You’d be surprised to hear what porn is doing to sex – men are speaking out about how porn affects them – from 19/7/17


Pornography is incompatible with consent





Consent classes – on Woman’s Hour from 11/10/17

How can we teach our children about sexual consent? What's the best age to start talking to them about it? Jane discusses with Deana Puccio, who teaches consent workshops in schools, and Rachel Fitzsimmons, a sex and relationship specialist


Talking to children about consent – on Woman’s Hour from 17/11/17

With sexual harassment allegations dominating the headlines, how should we be talking to our children about their sexual rights and responsibilities? In a short series with Relationships and Sex Education Specialist Rachel Fitzsimmons, Jenni asks how best to have this conversation with children of different ages


Talking to children about consent, sexual rights and responsibilities – on Woman’s Hour with sex-education specialist Rachel Fitzsimmons

Under-5s on 25/11/17

5- to 8-year-olds on 27/11/17

9- to 13-year-olds on 30/11/17


This is how you teach kids about consent – from 9/6/17

How tickling can teach your toddlers about sexual consent


Talking about consent and healthy relationships at every age – messages for 8- to 18-year-olds from Planned Parenthood in America


Consent For Kids – 3-minute American video from 4/10/16 mirroring Consent – It’s As Simple as Tea video


Consent Is Everything – website from Thames Valley Sexual Violence Prevention Group


Once upon a sexual assault… it’s not outrageous for fairytales to get a modern update


Big Mouth – the cartoon that makes a joke out of puberty

AND: • The extreme puberty of Nick Kroll’s “Big Mouth” – New Yorker review


Our Progress Project – website for young people started by teenager Milly Evans covering Love & Sex, gender stereotyping, LGBT issues, contraception, depression, shaving, health, society etc

And: • My parents sell sex toys by Milly Evans – from 9/8/17


Telling it like it is: tips for having open and honest conversations – from American magazine Rookie, by and for teenagers


PAST EVENT (FOR FUTURE REFERENCE) Clear Lines Festival: Creating a space to talk about sexual assault and consent through arts, discussion and debate– at Rich Mix, London (from 1/12/17 to 3/12/17)

AND: • More about Clear Lines

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