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Pupils: Sanitary Protection

Question for Department for Education

UIN 5159, tabled on 17 July 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of period poverty on young women and girls in schools.

Answered on

25 July 2017

No girl should be held back from reaching her potential because of her gender. Current guidance to schools on Relationship and Sex Education encourages schools to make adequate and sensitive arrangements to help girls cope with menstruation and with requests for sanitary protection.

The department has not conducted an assessment about the effect of period poverty on young women and girls in schools.