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Written Statement - Healthy Relationship Expert Panel

Kirsty Williams, Cabinet Secretary for Education
Today I am pleased to announce that I have established an expert panel to provide advice and support to the Welsh Government on issues relating to the delivery of Healthy Relationships education within the current curriculum.

Providing good quality learning for children and young people on Healthy Relationships is essential to tackling a range of important issues including improving understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues, Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (VAWDASV), Respect and Consent, Sexism and bullying.

I am delighted Emma Renold, Professor in Childhood Studies at the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University has agreed to Chair the Group. Professor Renold brings a wealth of knowledge and relevant experience in this area and in addition to teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the field of childhood studies she has recently collaborated with Welsh Women’s Aid, NSPCC Cymru and the Children’s Commissioner to develop the online resource AGENDA: A Young People’s Guide to Making Positive Relationships Matter.

There will be opportunities for young people to feed into the work of the Panel to ensure that pupils’ voice is considered. The Panel comprises the following individuals and organisations with relevant experience and expertise in this area:

Andrew White, Stonewall Cymru
Vivienne Laing, NSPCC Cymru
Dr Sam Clutton, Barnardo’s Cymru
Cressy Morgan, Education through Regional Working (ERW)
Faith McCready, the All-Wales School Liaison Core Programme
Lowri Jones, Estyn
Rosalyn Evans, HAFAN Cymru
Mary Charles, Public Health Wales
David Wright , South West Grid for Learning
Paul Lewis, Children’s Commissioners Office