Press Release

Release Date: 24-05-2013

Brook statement: Office of the Children’s Commissioner study

Responding to the publication of the Office of the Children's Commissioner (OCC) study today, “Basically... porn is everywhere” - A Rapid Evidence Assessment on the Effects that Access and Exposure to Pornography has on Children and Young People, Simon Blake OBE, Brook’s Chief Executive, said:

We know from 1,000s of young people we work with each week at Brook that pornography can confuse, upset and make young people anxious. It is our shared responsibility to ensure pornography is not their first, only or main source of information. It is important that young people learn sensible, real and accurate information at home, in schools and in the community, including teaching that pornography is absolutely not real life and that some of the behaviour is unacceptable and/or unsafe.

It is disappointing that the Department for Education has refused to make PSHE education statutory and refused to publish new guidance about sex and relationships education (SRE). We look forward to working positively with the Department for Education and with schools to bridge the gap highlighted in the recent Ofsted report that shows SRE still isn’t good enough in too many schools. Doing nothing to improve on the current situation is not an option.”

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Brook helps young people to make informed, active choices about their personal and sexual relationships so they can enjoy their sexuality without harm.

Brook is the UK’s leading provider of sexual health services and advice for young people under 25. The charity has over 50 years of experience working with young people and currently has services in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Jersey.

Brook services provide free and confidential sexual health information, contraception, pregnancy testing, advice and counselling, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and outreach and education work, reaching over 270,000 young people every year.

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