Monday, March 28, 2011

Fury at Equality Watchdog After it Calls for Teachers to Ask 11-year-olds if They Are Gay

Children as young as 11 could soon be asked about their sexuality without their parents’ consent, it has emerged. Teachers, nurses and youth workers are being urged to set up pilot studies aimed at monitoring adolescent sexual orientation for the first time.

A report commissioned by the Government’s equalities watchdog found that it was ‘practically and ethically’ possible to interview young children about their sexuality. Controversially, it says parental consent, while ‘considered good practice’, is not a legal necessity.


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