Lib-Dems Disagree on Sex Education Policy

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Byline: Martin Shipton

WELSH Liberal Democrats yesterday voted to keep parental choice about whether children should receive sex education in schools.

In a vote at their autumn conference, they reversed a decision by the Liberal Democrats in England to make sex education compulsory from key stage two.

Rob Roffe, from Caerphilly, the party's policy officer, opposed the compulsory clause in a longer motion designed to improve the breadth and quality of sex education in schools.

He told the conference that parental choice was something Liberal Democrats should protect.

'I believe the party made a mistake in making this compulsory,' he said.

'As a party we should be reducing the choices the state makes for us and widening the choices we make for ourselves.'

The Welsh Liberal Democrats adopted the remainder of the English party's policy to improve sex education training for teachers, and to broaden the scope of sex education to cover physical and mental health and relationships.

Alison Goldsworthy, from Monmouth, said the policy had been discussed with a wide range of specialist organisations and experts and was designed to make young people aware of the dangers, problems and practicalities of sexually transmitted infections and teenage pregnancy. …