FASTN Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Statement

Catherine Hine, Chief Executive of the Family Stability network, said:

“We welcome the Government’s draft guidance on the future of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and its commitment to help young people achieve their stated relationships ambitions.

“It’s fantastic to see a number of our recommendations included in the guidance. More than 70% of young people want Relationships Education.  Just under three quarters of young people consider their ambition to have a long term, healthy and committed relationship – in many cases through marriage – as important as their career aspirations for adulthood.

“The values that are proven to underpin healthy intimate relationships – respect, commitment, communication, self-awareness and empathy – are inclusive principles which Government has recognised should form the basis of the curriculum. Relationships can have ups and downs – there are good times and bad – so the new guidance must ensure young people are empowered with the understanding and skills that support the commitment journey, which so many of them aspire to.

“We look forward to working alongside partners and Government so that the guidance delivers the relationship ambition of young people in practice.  This includes ensuring relationship support is available for young people outside the school, particularly through trusted sources online, where the majority of young people go looking for information. Youth workers, community organisations and parents are also key partners, who must be adequately supported to talk openly with young people about relationships.

“During the consultation period and beyond we will share with Government and frontline partners, examples of good practice that can strengthen future delivery of the curriculum. The consultation closes on Wednesday 7 November and we encourage parents, young people and teachers to seize this historic moment for the relationship health of the next generation. More information on how to respond is available here: