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22nd March 2018

A lot has changed since the last official guidance on Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) was published in 2000: not least the emergence and growth of sexting, social media and online pornography.

To inform the content of the new RSE guidance (statutory from September 2019), the Department for Education recently held a public...

8th March 2018

As we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, we are reminded of the extraordinary, intrepid and heroic woman throughout history who have stood up against gender injustices.

Woman such as Mother Theresa, who devoted her life to help the sick, needy and poor; or Yaa Asantewaa, a female Ghanaian warrior who led the rebellion...

10th January 2018

Pornhub, the world’s largest porn site, reports that in 2017 the globally most searched for term was ‘lesbian’. Their annual statistics show that what some educators might consider fringe sexual interests are now very popular online. In particular, Japanese animated pornography (called Hentai) and family related terms such as ‘step mom‘, and ’...

27th November 2017

I will never forget the first person I met with AIDS: a young student in London in 1987.   I can tell you the hour, the day, the month.

Just one person sick in a London hospital, out of 72 million who have been infected so far with HIV, of which half have already died, mainly in Africa. 

For the rest of my life, I will go on re-...

30th October 2017

Your donations bring light and hope to some of the most vulnerable in society. The stories in this issue of our Salt and Light newsletter illustrate some of the projects which your help makes possible. Here's a summary:

Challenging taboo in DR Congo

Before going to ACET DRC's Girls' Club, 13 year old Esther and...

30th October 2017

During the last academic year, in collaboration with the educational and clinical staff of a tier 4 mental health unit, we ran a bespoke relationships and sex education programme to meet the needs of a group of young people with mental health disorders.

We covered a range of topics including self-esteem, emotional literacy, friendship,...

30th October 2017

acet UK CEO, Sarah Smith, recently returned from Nigeria where she delivered training to our ACET Nigeria colleagues and visited some of their projects. Here she gives a report on the training.

“During our international leaders’ gathering in September 2015, we showcased some of the activities we’d created to raise...

27th October 2017

This #MakeADifferenceDay, considering the wellbeing of our young people leads me to ask questions about how we can make a difference to them.

In the 1960s, the ending of national service raised concerns about juvenile delinquency, creating a boom in authority-run youth centres. But, half a century on, we are faced with the collapse, and...

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