34 Critical Soc. Pol'y 3 (2014)

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Article


Devolution and difference: The
politics   of  Sex   and   Relationships
Education in Wales


SARAH OERTON
University of South Wales, UK


ANITA NAOKO PILGRIM
Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods, UK




Abstract
Drawing  upon  analysis of policy documents  and  interviews with key
policy makers  and  professionals co-ordinating Sex and  Relationships
Education  (SRE) in various settings, this paper interrogates the socio-
political drivers underpinning SRE policy and practice with reference to
the contemporary  Welsh context. In media output in the UK context and
beyond,  there have been  widespread  public concerns about the over-
sexualization of young girls, sexual grooming and the increasing com-
mercialization of sex. These issues are also significant in Wales, but a
different socio-political culture has led to different public pronounce-
ments  and a distinctive SRE approach. In this paper, we outline rela-
tively new Welsh Assembly Government   guidance on SRE (March 2010) in
the context of a devolved education system. We  argue that the charac-
teristics of the Welsh approach to SRE include an emphasis on children's
rights and citizenship values, together with efforts to make SRE deliv-
ery more  multidisciplinary and integrated. We also identify a different
political rhetoric around sexual morality and family values, compared

Corresponding author:
Sarah Oerton, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Business and Society, University of
South Wales, Pontypridd, CF37 1DL, UK.
Email: sarah.oerton@southwales.ac.uk
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