Children 'need to learn about consent'

A survey has found that children are not being taught about sexual consent as part of their programme of education at school.

The National Children's Bureau (NCB) research found that a staggering one in three youngsters did not learn about consent during sex ed classes, with only 43 per cent saying they'd been taught about 'what is good or bad in a relationship'.

Furthermore, one in three youngsters claimed they were either unsure or didn't know where they could find help should they be sexually assaulted. Meanwhile, two-fifths were unsure about where they could find their local sexual health clinic, where they could pick up condoms or get themselves checked out for STIs.

Thankfully, 96 per cent were aware of the legal age of consent, 93 per cent knew that it was possible for sex offenders to be female and 84 per cent appreciated that rape victims could be both men and women.

Nevertheless, the results suggest that more could be done to indoctrinate the younger generation about such issues.

Lucy Emmerson, coordinator of the Sex Education Forum based at the NCB, commented: "Learning about consent is integral to good quality sex and relationships education, and every school should have a planned programme which includes content on bodily boundaries, gender and power, caring for one another, feelings and emotions and how to get help and advice."