Teaching about consent - our response to the Children’s Commissioner report

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner’s report on consent raises big concerns about a vital issue for children and young people growing up in England and, indeed, for every one of us.  The report stresses the importance of a whole school approach to teaching about consent, with PSHE education taking a central role. We are therefore pleased to release a draft (for consultation) of our practical guidance for teachers today on covering the concept of consent through PSHE education.

Through the consultation process, we want to hear from colleagues working at a local and national level both about what you think of the guidance and what further help you need in addressing consent through PSHE. This consultation will be open until 20 December, and we will be analysing responses over Christmas so that we can release a final document early in the New Year.

The draft guidance document is available to download below and we welcome both high-level and detailed feedback from colleagues in the sector. We will also be seeking to take lessons from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner report into the final document.

PSHE Association Chief Executive Joe Hayman said:

“PSHE teachers share the concerns raised in today’s report, as they are expected to grapple with these issues on a regular basis in the classroom. The report shows how important it is to address concepts such as consent not just in the abstract, but also through scenarios which feel relevant to pupils. That is what we have sought to do through our draft guidance document which we are releasing for consultation today. We will really welcome comments from colleagues working at both a local and a national level to help us make our guidance as strong as possible”.

To contribute to the consultation process, please email info@pshe-association.org.uk by 20 December.  We will really welcome thoughts from partners working locally and nationally.


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