Controversial sex education DVD shown in local schools

GRAPHIC? . . . scenes in the DVD may alarm some parents.
GRAPHIC? . . . scenes in the DVD may alarm some parents.

A CONTROVERSIAL sex education DVD is still being shown in schools in North Lanarkshire - despite being axed in England.

The ‘All About Us - Living and Growing’ DVD, produced by Channel 4, has been withdrawn for sale from its website.

However, the material, which features cartoon sketches for children as young as five, is still being used as a resource by North Lanarkshire Council.

A note on the Channel 4 website states: “Effective July 7, 2012, we have decided to remove this product from our catalogue as a direct result of the Government’s announcement that the PSHE curriculum is under review.

“The resources have been very well-received by the educational community in helping to address a sensitive subject area. Once the new curriculum is published, we will continue to produce high-quality resources to support government’s new PSHE initiatives.”

The Times & Speaker has been unable to view the DVD, but it reportedly shows a cartoon couple kissing, caressing and having sex - in a clip that is shown to eight-year-olds.

A spokesman for the council’s learning and leisure service department said the DVD is in keeping with Scottish Government guidelines.

He said: “As an authority we have a responsibility to educate children about relationships and sexual health.

“The Living and Growing DVD forms part of our sex education programme. It has been used in hundreds of schools throughout the country for over 15 years and has been well-received in helping to address a sensitive subject area.

“We work closely with parents in our schools and write to them making it clear they have the opportunity to view the materials we use and of their right to withdraw their child from all or part of the programme.

“The vast majority of parents support the progamme, however, we fully respect that some parents may not wish their child to take part.”