Sexual health charities Brook and the Family Planning
Association are calling for sex education for kids as young as four so as to
reduce teen pregnancies.
The charities said children should be taught about sex so
that they are aware of things like abortions and sexually transmitted
infections when adolescents.
"If we get high-quality sex and relationships
education in every primary and secondary school across the UK all the evidence
shows teenage pregnancy rates will continue to fall and will improve young
people's sexual health," said Brook chief executive, Simon Blake.
"This is not about teaching four-year-olds how to
have sex ... it's like maths - at primary school children learn the basics so
that they can understand more and more complex concepts at a later stage,"
said Julie Bentley, the Family Planning Association chief executive.
Department for Children, Schools and Families issued new draft guidance for
schools. The Sex Education Forum has called for sex education to be made
mandatory in schools.