Illuminating the experiences and perspectives of people of faith in areas relating to safeguarding children and young people

Our research currently focuses on Relationships and Sex education in schools and the presence of assumptions, stereotypes and prejudice in school settings

'They believe this'

'They believe this': Taking pupils' religious beliefs into account in Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) [Executive Summary]
‘They believe this’: Taking pupils’ religious beliefs into account in Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

This project was funded by The Tudor Trust and undertaken by the Safer Young Lives Research Centre at the University of Bedfordshire. It was a small-scale study, exploring how 15-19 year olds (those with and without religious faith) experience RSE and their perspectives on whether and how it should take religious faith into account.

We know that RSE can be a contentious topic, especially since it has become compulsory in the UK for all children in school. Listening to young people feels particularly timely in this context, and we hope that understanding the nuances of their experience will help make sure that the subject is appropriate and meaningful. RSE has an important part to play in safeguarding young people from abuse – something which is at the heart of our work. When it is informed by young people’s lived experience, we hope this safeguarding capacity will be strengthened even further.

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