Readers panel: should school nurses be responsible for sex education in schools?
Education secretary Justine Greening recently confirmed that sex and relationship education will become compulsory in England's schools. Nursing Standard readers have their say
Ruth Butler is a school nurse in London
Every child has the right to reliable, age-appropriate information about sex and relationships. Ultimately parents are responsible for this, but many feel inadequate addressing it, so I welcome the news that schools will be providing sex and relationship education. School nurses are professionally competent to offer sex education, as well as additional supportive and confidential services, whereas teachers are not always best placed to do so. However, with the gradual reduction of school health services, school nurses are increasingly having to sacrifice their health education role.
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