Resources for councillors on supporting Relationship Sex Education (RSE)

The LGA, RSE Hub, Public Health England and Sex Education Forum have produced a briefing for local authorities on the role councillors can play in supporting RSE.

The briefing aims to support the transition stage to statutory status for RSE in September 2019. It supports leaders in local councils to better understand the importance of quality RSE in the context of contributing to the safeguarding, sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing of children and young people and to take proactive steps to influence good quality local provision.

Councillor Izzi Seccombe OBE, Chair of the LGA Community Wellbeing Board said:

"It is vital that local authorities work with all schools in their area to influence and commission consistent good quality RSE as part of their responsibilities to improve public health outcomes for children, young people and families".

Download: Relationships and sex education; Contributing to the safeguarding, sexual & reproductive health and wellbeing of children and young people. What role can councillors play? (2018)

This updates a briefing first published in 2013 to coincide with the transfer of responsibility for public health to local government.

Read the LGA’s response to the DfE consultation on changes to the teaching of Relationship Sex Education and PSHE