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UK Schools to Teach Children about Consent Before Age 11

A new government proposal aims to help kids ‘make informed choices and stay safe.’

The BBC reports that UK schools will begin teaching children between the ages of 11 and 16 about sexual consent this year. The government proposal, which was created by the Personal, Social, Health and Economic Association, aims to keep kids ‘healthy and safe from abuse and exploitation‘.

Although the document doesn’t mention the specifics of how consent will be taught, it does note that ‘five recent child sexual exploitation inquiries have all highlighted the need for schools to teach pupils how to keep themselves and others safe’ and that ‘further inaction would leave children at risk’.

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Education Secretary Nicky Morgan was also behind the push to get this consent education programme going. ‘Mothers at the school gates often tell me about their worries for their daughters,’ she wrote in an open letter. ‘They tell me that, on top of the usual stress of school life and teenage years, they want to know their girls are being taught what a healthy relationship looks like and how to say “no”.’

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The document also acknowledges that ‘recognising that some young people will be sexually active before the age of 16 does not equate to encouraging underage sexual activity’. But, of course, some commenters disagreed:

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The PSHEA has not yet confirmed when the consent course will begin.

This article was originally published on Cosmopolitan.com

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