Engaging young people and parents in RSE

As part of Shropshire Council’s approach to relationships, schools across the county are engaging students in RSE curriculum design. They are also helping parents to make informed decisions about participation.

"I’ve worked with thousands of parents, and in my experience, if we put in the support to help them recognise and understand why and how the school delivers RSE, parents really welcome it." Alice Cruttwell, Public Health Curriculum Adviser

Schools are now required to engage with students and parents on RSE, but some are concerned about how to approach this. Shropshire Respect Yourself relationships and sex education programme, a curriculum for years 1–11, has won national awards. It supports schools by providing facilitated parents’ sessions, staff training, and advice and guidance to heads and governors on RSE policy.

Alice Cruttwell, who leads the programme from the council’s Public Health Children and Young People’s team, is emphatic that engagement in the programme must be meaningful for young people and parents. The process therefore respects and supports everyone involved.

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