LMK has joined with over 100 organisations, including 40 specialist VAWG (Violence Against Women and Girls) organisations to submit a response to the latest draft RSHE guidance, led by the End Violence Against Women (EVAW) Coalition. 

In 2017, the Relationship, Sex, and Health Education (RSHE) curriculum was made mandatory in schools, a move that received widespread cross-party support. This curriculum was designed with the input of health experts, educators, safeguarding professionals, and faith groups, ensuring that it was well-rounded and evidence-based. However, the guidance is now under review, and the approach taken by the previous government has sparked significant concern.

Our response outlines the critical need for high quality RSHE and calls on the new government to abandon the proposed draft, which could reverse progress in protecting children and young people. Instead, we are calling on the new government to take an approach to reviewing the guidance that is evidence-based and encompasses the views of young people.

We want to ensure that RSHE remains inclusive and of high quality. Young people deserve an education that not only informs but also protects them. By maintaining thorough and thoughtful RSHE guidelines, we can continue to address and reduce the risks of VAWG and help young people thrive in their relationships. 

See the full response by EVAW here.