Sex Education: Challenges and Choices

Alison MacKenzie, Penny Enlsin, Nicki Hedge

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Noting public concern about sexual exploitation, abuse and sexualisation, we argue that sex education in the United Kingdom needs revision. Choice is a feature of current sex education policy and, acknowledging that choice can be problematic, we defend its place in an approach to sex education premised on informed deliberation, relational autonomy, a particular view of personhood and moral literacy. We argue, however, that choice and the approach outlined must be located in the realities of young people’s lives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-44
Number of pages17
JournalBritish Journal of Educational Studies
Issue number1
Early online date28 Sept 2016
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sept 2017


  • Sex education, choice, exploitation and abuse, autonomy, moral literacy, sexualisation


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