Barbara is backing the Relationship, Drug and Alcohol Education (Curriculum) Bill. The Bill was introduced in Parliament on 17 October by Diana Johnson MP and aims to make lessons about drugs, alcohol and relationships compulsory in classrooms. These lessons would form part of the National Curriculum for schools.
The Bill is backed by charities and campaigns with expertise of working in the fields of drugs, alcohol, domestic violence, health and child welfare issues. It calls for education to be given that includes practical information about the dangers from ‘legal highs’, the alcoholic content of different drinks and the health risks of drinking.
The Bill also aims to make sure that relationship education is taught in schools, alongside the teaching of the biological facts about reproduction.
“I am backing the Bill because it calls for education on issues that many young people are faced with from an early age. I would like to see schools in Salford teaching young people about the dangers of drugs and alcohol use.
“I also think that young people should be taught about the importance of having healthy relationships. This life skills education on personal relationships could help to combat problems such as unplanned teenage pregnancies and domestic violence. I hope that the Bill can be supported in Parliament and that these skills can start to be taught in our local schools.”