Guidance on the delivery of relationships, sexual health and parenthood (RSHP) education in Scottish Schools

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Scottish Government
31 p.

This guidance applies to everyone delivering RSHP education to children and young people in Scotland. Delivery of RSHP education should be done in a way that encompasses Getting It Right For Every Child as well as reflecting the wider agenda to progressing children’s rights in Scotland. Given the passage of time and the change in social fabric, the 2014 guidance was becoming outdated in providing suitable guidance for teachers on delivering relationships, sexual health and parenthood education. The availability of a suite of dedicated resources to support teachers to deliver meaningful relationships, sexual health and parenthood education, increased the need for teaching guidance to match the current, relevant and age and stage appropriate resources now available for teachers. There have been established principles and aims, provided by previously issued guidance, which set the foundations of good and relevant learning in relationships, sexual health and parenthood education. These have remained central throughout the development of this updated draft guidance. We have sought to ensure learning delivered by our educational practitioners is current and provides children and young people with the knowledge and understanding to ensure they can navigate the World they live in safely and confidently. This is particularly important as our children and young people interact more often online and the added risks this poses through these interactions. The learning and understanding of healthy relationships helps to reduce domestic abuse, gender based violence and ensures that the importance of appropriate boundaries is understood. The revised guidance has been updated to reflect the recommendations mentioned above and as well as providing more detail on the process for withdrawing a child or young person from relationships, sexual health and parenthood education. The revised guidance also includes new sections on the five topics below as well as key learning points for these topics: 1) Consent and healthy relationships; 2) Faith and belief; 3) Gender inclusive education; 4) Inclusion of understanding about differences of sex development (DSD) / variations in sex characteristics (VSC) / intersex people; 5) Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) inclusive education. It also includes an annex of signposts to resources for educational professionals.

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