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Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

Question for Department for Education

UIN 127835, tabled on 8 February 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all schools teach awareness of violence against women and girls.

Answered on

21 February 2018

The Government is ensuring young people have the knowledge to challenge attitudes about abuse and consent. The Home Office’s campaign “Disrespect NoBody” aims to prevent the onset of domestic violence in adults by challenging attitudes and behaviours amongst teenage boys and girls.

The Department is considering how best to ensure pupils are taught about healthy and respectful relationships as part of Relationships Education in primary and Relationships and Sex Education in secondary schools. The Department has been engaging with a broad range of expert organisations, and via a public call for evidence, about the potential content for these compulsory subjects and in considering whether to make Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education compulsory. The Department will formally consult on draft regulations and guidance before laying regulations in the House for debate.

Schools and colleges must have regard to statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. KCSIE states that schools should ensure children are taught about safeguarding, including online safety.