One in seven people in Northamptonshire has a sexually transmitted infection, according to latest NHS statistics.
Following the publication of the figures, by Northampton-based counselling service The Lowdown, the Labour Group on Northamptonshire County Council is encouraging people to sign a petition calling for compulsory sex and relationships education.
Northamptonshire County Councillor Danielle Stone (Lab, Abington and Phippsville), shadow cabinet member for education and skills, said: “I’m very worried that 1 in 7 people across Northamptonshire have a sexually transmitted infection. It seems to me that there is a role for schools and colleges to play in addressing this by improving the standards of SRE.”
“We know that SRE isn’t being taught properly or even at all in some schools in the county. This is because it isn’t yet compulsory for all schools to provide SRE, and often where it is in a school’s curriculum it isn’t resourced properly or staff don’t have sufficient training to deliver it to a high quality standard.
Councillor John McGhee (Lab, Kingswood), leader of the Labour group on the county council, said Northamptonshire’s Young Leaders and the Children’s Rights Services had raised their concerns about the “inadequacies” of sex and relationships education in local schools and colleges.
He said: “As a group, we believe high-quality SRE is essential. It’s about giving young people the tools they need to build healthy sexual relationships when they choose to. We are therefore calling on the Government to make it compulsory throughout the education system.”
To sign the petition click here.