Conservative MPs have voted to block plans for sex and relationship education (SRE) to be made compulsory in schools.
Government guidance on Sexual Education currently allows free schools & academies to opt out of teaching the subject in class. As the law stands, state schools are obligated to cover sex education from a biological aspect, but no British schools are required to teach pupils about the social or emotional aspects of sex, or make classes LGBT inclusive.
This obviously leaves a LOT up to the parents. How does EVERY parent approach the subjects of sex and relationships, same-sex relationships, sexual consent, sexual violence and domestic violence in the right way and without help from schools? These are ALL important topics which are growing more concerning as time goes by, and at a younger age for children!
The rejected amendment comes amid fresh criticism from charity campaigners, who claim present teachings are seriously out-dated for the “smartphone generation” of children who are exposed to the internet and influenced by social media.
SRE guidance for schools has not been updated in close to 17 years – making the current legislation older than the majority of pupils learning about the subject.
We at GiftCondom.com that this is abysmal from the current Government. How can children learn more about extremely important and sensitive topics from Twitter and Facebook, than their own schools?! There is some serious misguidance at play here and TOO MUCH is left down to parents.
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The ways in which women are being negatively affected by austerity has today been bolstered. This time, reproductive health is on the menu for the Government.
According to research by the Advisory Group on Contraception, GPs in England have stopped giving out and providing contraceptive methods.
IUDs, IUS, the more well-known contraceptive injection AND implant are no longer being provided or are at risk of being removed by ONE in THREE councils across the country. What worries us most at GiftCondom, is that a quarter of councils have already shut some of their contraceptive services!
What it boils down to is the lack of funding for public health budgets of local councils. If the current Government won’t change their standing with the £200m cut from the budget, more and more women will not have the ability to protect themselves from falling pregnant.
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The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), has also said that a third of women live in areas where contraceptive services are restricted.
We think this is appalling, and it is only going to bring about a rise in unplanned pregnancies and abortions, which many young women could live without, as well as more costs for the government in the long run! There is one way around this issue, though… USE CONDOMS!
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We’re used to seeing this Royal in the limelight, and just like his late Mother Princess Diana, Prince Harry is championing an inspirational attitude to global issues.
Carrying on with his HIV awareness campaign, which has been ongoing over the past 12 months, he visited a London-based sexual health charity this week. The Prince has recently attended an international conference in South Africa to warn against the threat of complacency. He also visited the Mildmay HIV Hospital in East London andlater, during a visit to a sexual health clinic, publicly took a HIV test (pictured below)
Harry said: “I know there are so many issues around family stuff and cultural stuff, I know that, but I really do believe and I’ve said this to the really young generation, the kids as well, I know it’s a sensitive subject but we’ve got to do this and people need to hear it from you.
He went on to say: “I don’t want to be here in 10 years’ time talking to you guys going ‘oh yeah we’re making a difference’ no, let’s do this now. There’s no reason why we can’t turn this around in two or three years at the most.”
Strong stuff from the Prince, saying it exactly how it should be. Action needs to be taken NOW, not just ineffective plans and investment when there’s no real execution of the problems, in turn exposing more people to the care and checks that they need.
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According to data from England’s Health Service the NHS, the amount of people seeking help from dedicated sexual health clinics is falling year on year.
Despite there being sharp rises in STD rates and some becoming resistant, especially with gonorrhoea, only 1.26 million people in England looked for help. This is down almost five percent from 2015.
This sounds like a very small number taking into account there are up to 3 million students currently registered to study in the UK. With their local dedicated sexual health clinics being a place for free condoms, you would think at least some of them would have made the trip. And get this, among under 25s, there were 94,461 less contacts!
The Family Planning Association (FPA) has said the figure could mean that fewer people were able to access services with clinics closing down due to the budget cuts.
FPA chief Executive Natika Halil has had this to say: ‘We question how much support young people are getting through sex and relationships education, which is still not statutory, to become confident and competent users of sexual health services.’ And condoms, it seems.
Common sense tells you that there should be a correlation in clinic visits when STD rates are rising, but this is not the case. One thing that is also very concerning is the fact young people may not be getting the required amount of safe sex education, and most are not even taking a visit to the clinic to stock up on condoms.
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