Relationship and sex education: What young people and parents told us / by Dean Wilson

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The R in RSE 

Interpersonal connection is essential to human thriving. Relationships therefore meet a profound need to give and receive love, care, security, support and advice. They can make us feel competent and valued and create a sense of shared values and interests. 

The ability to cultivate relationships is vital to healthy development in the early years and successful navigation through life into old age. This is ‘relational capability’. 

Parents and young people agree that learning about RELATIONSHIPS is key to ensuring a successful learning in RSE. Unhealthy relationships have a negative impact on a young person’s wellbeing, particularly in this fast-paced digital age. 

The findings from our surveys should be taken into account in the new curriculum as they reflect concerns, desires and expectations across generations.