Professionals’ attitude to underage sex ‘fuels CSE’, charity claims

May 11, 2017 by

By Gabriella Jozwiak, Children and Young People Now:

An acceptance among professionals working with children and young people of underage sex has fuelled a growth in child sexual exploitation (CSE) cases, a charity has claimed.

The Family Education Trust wants government to drop plans to introduce compulsory sex and relationships education into the school curriculum

A report by the Family Education Trust, called Unprotected, argues that prevention services have contributed to normalising underage sex by prioritising the reduction of underage pregnancy at the expense of protecting young people from abuse.

The report draws together findings from eight serious case reviews, including Professor Alexis Jay’s Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham.

It says evidence from these demonstrates professionals “routinely provide contraception to young people under the legal age of consent in confidence, without considering the possibility that they may be suffering abuse”.

The foreword to the report states: “In case after case, the sexual abuse of young people has been facilitated by the willingness of agencies to provide minors with birth control with very few questions being asked.”

The report’s author, Family Education Trust director Norman Wells, criticises specific organisations including the PSHE Association, the Sex Education Forum, Brook, and the NSPCC for producing sex and relationships education (SRE) guidelines that encourage parents and educationalists to not teach their children that there are “rights and wrongs when it comes to sex and relationships”.

The report says: “In the name of non-judgmentalism, the approach advocated by the leading SRE campaigners, and endorsed by the government, is abandoning young people to the shifting sands of relativism and depriving them of the moral compass they desperately need.”

Wells also called for a resource produced by Brook to help professionals identify and respond to sexual behaviours in young people – the Brook Sexual Behaviours Traffic Light Tool – to be withdrawn as it may be causing professionals to “inadvertently be condoning and promoting sexual exploitation and abuse”.

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Read also: Doctors and social workers need to stop condoning sex with children by Norman Wells, TCW

Child sex abuse scandal sparked by official policy by David Paton, TCW

Call for SRE to carry warning of health risks from non-monogamous sex: Voice for Justice Petition

The Marxist revolution is alive and well – in your child’s school, by Peter Hitchens, MailOnline

 

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