‘Children should be taught about relationships at school’ – Sunderland’s police commissioner

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.
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CHILDREN should be taught about relationships as part of the national curriculum, says Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Vera Baird backed a new clause as part of the Children and Families Bill.

Mrs Baird claims giving children a better understanding of relationships could save people from violent and oppressive relationships in the future.

“Police forces across the country spend a lot of money coping with the aftermath of oppressive and violent relationships,” she said.

“It’s crucial that young people have an understanding of what is right and wrong.

“It frightens me to think that 50 per cent of 16 to 18-year-olds wouldn’t know where to go to get support if affected by domestic abuse, and that 33 per cent of girls in relationships aged 13 to 17 have experienced physical or sexual violence.

“We need to tackle this now to bring these numbers down.

“By embedding relationship education in the curriculum we will be equipping young people to give respect to their partner from a young age.”