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PATTEN TO SAFEGUARD SEX-EDUCATION TEACHERS

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New legal safeguards for teachers who give sex education lessons to children under 16 are being considered by the e...
New legal safeguards for teachers who give sex education lessons to children under 16 are being considered by the education secretary, John Patten, reports the Daily Telegraph (p11).

The present law is unclear on the extent to which teachers can give advice to under-16s. An aggrieved parent could take out a private prosecution against the teacher or the school concerned.

Mr Patten, in an interview on BBC television's Breakfast with Frost, called for children to be taught about sex in a framework of responsibility, the family, love, fidelity and caring for each other.

He also said: 'I don't think that sex education in primary schools should proceed at the pace of the most precocious.'
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