Delivery of relationships, sexual health and parenthood (RSHP) education in Scottish schools – draft statutory guidance

Date: 17th November 2023
Category: Education, Leisure and Cultural Activities

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Closing date: 23rd of November

Scottish Government is seeking views on the updated Statutory Guidance for relationships, sexual health and parenting (RSHP) education to ensure that it is fit for purpose.

In our most recent State of Children’s Rights Report, we called on the Scottish Government to “ensure the provision of mandatory, age appropriate and inclusive relationships, sexual health and parenting education, with particular regard to Care Experienced and disabled children”. 

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child also called for the Scottish Government to “integrate comprehensive, age-appropriate and evidence-based education on sexual and reproductive health into mandatory school curricula at all levels of education and into teacher training and ensure that it includes education on sexual diversity, sexual and reproductive health rights, responsible sexual behaviour and violence prevention, without the possibility for faith-based schools or parents to opt out of such education.