Leading charities join forces to call for an Innovation Fund for Better Relationships Education

Leading charities join forces to call for an Innovation Fund for Better Relationships Education

9th February 2018

Dear Sir,
 
In the coming months the government will publish new guidance for schools on Relationships and Sex Education (RSE). This is the biggest reform of how we teach RSE for 18 years and in that time the way young people go looking for and receive information has changed.
 
Today’s teenager spends almost a day a week online and most will go online for information on relationships. If we are going to be effective in reaching young people information on healthy relationships needs to be delivered online as well as in the classroom. When the Secretary of State publishes new guidance on Relationships and Sex Education he should also announce an Innovation Fund to promote high quality and ‘kite marked’ information online. If Relationships and Sex Education is going to be relevant to young people it needs to go beyond the classroom.
 
Yours sincerely,

Catherine Barker, Chief Executive Officer, Family Stability Network
Chris Sherwood, Chief Executive Officer, Relate
Penny Mansfield CBE, Director, OnePlusOne
Andrew Balfour, Chief Executive, Tavistock Relationships
Mark Molden, Chief Executive, Marriage Care
Katharine Hill, UK Director, Care for the Family
Sir Paul Coleridge, Chairman, Marriage Foundation
John Ashcroft, Research Director, Relationships Foundation
Lisa Gagliani MBE, Chief Executive, Explore
Frank Young, Head of Family Policy, Centre for Social Justice
Sarah Smith, Chief Executive, acet UK
Neil Wragg MBE, Chief Executive, Grit: breakthrough programmes
Dave Percival, Director, 2-in-2-1
Dave Hill, Founder of Heartsmart
Dr Eli Gardner, Co-founder and Executive Director, Kids Matter
Rachel Gardner, Founder, Romance Academy
Liv Bauckham, Love4Live co-ordinator, TwentyTwenty