Governments 'should provide sex education for young people'

Sex education should be compulsory for all young people, according to one UK government body.

A spokesperson for the Sex Education Forum claimed there is still a large gap between the relationship guidance that children and young people want and need, and what they actually get.

She commented that all children have the right to learn about their bodies, growing up, relationships and sex, at school and at home.

"Making [education] statutory will be an excellent opportunity for schools to build their relationship with parents, ensuring that together they can help children and young people learn how to be healthy and stay safe," she added.

According to provisional figures published in the Office for National Statistics' journal Health Statistics Quarterly, the UK conception rate for under-18s increased from 40.9 conceptions per 1,000 women aged 15-17 in 2006, to 41.9 in 2007.

The under-16 rate rose from 7.8 per 1,000 girls aged 13-15 to 8.3 in 2007, leading to calls for greater provision of sex education.

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