KIRSTY Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Minister, has announced that parents will no longer be able to withdraw children from lessons about relationships, sexuality and religion.

The decision follows an eight-week consultation and will come into force next year before becoming statutory at the start of the new curriculum in 2022.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have long supported removing the ability of parents to remove their children from RSE.

Jane Dodds, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:

“We are proud to be transforming relationship and sexuality education to make it fit for the future and ensure it supports all pupils’ wellbeing.

“Today’s announcement is an important step that will see RSE become inclusive for all pupils. It will ensure everyone has the information they need to understand and embrace who they are, while continuing to support healthy and respectful relationships.

“It’s so crucial that our children get the information they need to prepare them for life ahead. That is why these reforms are so important and why I am so proud it’s the Welsh Liberal Democrats who are delivering them.”

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