Primary School Sex Education & distribution of materials

A Johnson made this Freedom of Information request to Somerset County Council

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Dear Somerset County Council,

Please confirm if there is a county-wide policy regarding the Sex Education curriculum for the Year 6 cohort that includes distribution of material including condoms and other paraphenalia given to children to take home from school.

Please confirm who is responsible for signing off this policy.

Is consent from parents sought for this addition to the curriculum and if so, how is that obtained and where is this recorded?

Who provides the 'packs' that include condoms?

What is the reasoning behind providing textured/flavoured condoms to 10 & 11 year old children?

What is the reasoning behind providing sexually explicit information leaflets to 10 & 11 year old children?

Are specific teaching staff allocated to distribute such packs and/or information?

Are PFSA's permitted to advise or distribute to children without recourse to parents?

Is it normal to receive packs with hand written, personalised notes?

Yours faithfully,

A Johnson

Dear Somerset County Council,

As a response was due to my enquiry by 4th September 2014 and as yet, I have not had so much as an acknowledement, please accept this note as a request for internal review.

Yours faithfully,

A Johnson

Lucy Wilkins, Somerset County Council

Dear A Johnson,

Thank you for your request for information. I am very sorry that we have not responded to you. Unfortunately this has been due to a system error.

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Yours sincerely

Lucy Wilkins
Information Request Team Leader
Communications Team
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Victoria Baxter, Somerset County Council

Internal Reference: 140962

Date request received: 06/08/2014

Date response due: 03/09/2014

Actual date of response: 03/10/2014

 

 

Dear A Johnson,

 

I am writing in respect of your recent request for information from
Somerset County Council which has been dealt with under the provisions of
the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 

 

I am very sorry for the delay in returning our response to you, this was
as a result of technical issues, which meant that your email was unable to
get through to us in a timely manner.

 

I confirm that we do hold some of the information that you are seeking and
we are able to provide you with what we hold. Our response is detailed in
bold underneath your questions as follows.

 

Q1.) Please confirm if there is a county-wide policy regarding the Sex
Education curriculum for the Year 6 cohort that includes distribution of
material including condoms and other paraphernalia given to children to
take home from school.

 

A1.) No. Sex and Relationship Education is an individual schools
responsibility as part of their Personal Social and Health Education
curriculum

Q2.) Please confirm who is responsible for signing off this policy.

 

A2.) Not applicable

Q3.) Is consent from parents sought for this addition to the curriculum
and if so, how is that obtained and where is this recorded?

 

A3.) Not applicable

Q4.) Who provides the 'packs' that include condoms?

 

A4.) Not applicable

Q5.) What is the reasoning behind providing textured/flavored condoms to
10 & 11 year old children?

 

A5.) Not applicable

Q6.) What is the reasoning behind providing sexually explicit information
leaflets to 10 & 11 year old children?

 

A6.) Only age appropriate material would be given, no sexually explicit
information leaflets are given to this age group.

Q7.) Are specific teaching staff allocated to distribute such packs and/or
information?

 

A7.) Only individual schools can answer this, it is not a policy across
the county

Q8.) Are PFSA's permitted to advise or distribute to children without
recourse to parents?

 

A8.) We do not hold this information. Parent Family Support  Advisors
(PFSA’s) are employed by the schools and therefore this information would
have to be obtained directly from the individual schools.

Q9.) Is it normal to receive packs with hand written, personalised notes?

 

A9.) No, this is not local practice

 

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Yours Sincerely,

 

Victoria Baxter

Information Request Team

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