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Ministers questioned on strategy to deliver equality

11 October 2017

In the first evidence session of this Parliament, the Women and Equalities Committee questions ministers from the Government Equalities Office (GEO) on its performance, priorities and influence across Government in delivering equality.

Witnesses

Wednesday 11 October 2017, Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster

At 10.30am

Purpose of session

The session is the first opportunity for MPs to question Ministers on the Government's responses to some of the Committee's work in the last Parliament, including the report on Sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools.

Background

The Sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools report, published in September 2016, made recommendations including:

  • Creating a statutory obligation on schools to take action to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and sexual violence, backed up by guidance to achieve this through a ‘whole school approach’;
  • Age-appropriate compulsory Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) for all primary and secondary school children;
  • Creating a fund to support specialist sector organisations to use their expertise to help schools tackle sexual harassment and sexual violence.

The Government accepted the Committee’s findings of high levels of sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools in England in its response to the report. Since the report, the Children and Social Work Act 2017 has since made Relationships Education for all primary school children and Relationships and Sex Education compulsory for all secondary school children.

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