The Education Parliamentary Select Committee has launched an inquiry into personal, social and health education (PSHE) in schools. PSHE covers a number of topics such as drug education, healthy eating and so on. Sex and relationship education (SRE) is also covered in this topic.
We are very concerned that this inquiry will be used to make sex education a compulsory schools subject. This would mean that children as young as five years old would have to learn about sexual matters.
Parents would be unable to protect their children from inappropriate teaching.
It is absolutely vital that there is an overwhelming response from parents, grandparents, teachers, clergy and all concerned citizens saying “no” to compulsory sex education. Compulsory sex education will sever parents from the moral upbringing of their children. And the innocence of children will be wiped out by ever more sexual content in the classroom.
Every school will be affected by this. Every child deserves to be protected.
Please read the briefing on the SPUC website to help you respond to this inquiry. Please circulate the briefing as widely as possible asking others to respond to the inquiry. The deadline for this inquiry is 6 June 2014.
In addition, the Parliamentary & Public Affairs committee wishes the Assisted Dying document prepared by the Bishops’ Conference to be circulated to members.
Antonia Tully/John Barrie
Members of the Parliamentary & Public Affairs Committee of the Catholic Union