The European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998 state:
In the exercise of any functions which it assumes in relation to education and to teaching, the State shall respect the right of parents to ensure such education and teaching is in conformity with their own religious and philosophical convictions.
ParentPower has become increasingly concerned with education policies that are adversely affecting the development, safety and wellbeing of our young people. In particular, we are currently concerned by particular forms of RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) and PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) being implemented in schools, which under Government policy are in the process of being made mandatory. This includes, for instance, the promotion of the Government’s ‘British Values’ / LGBT agenda and sex education programmes, which many parents feel are inappropriate and are unacceptably sexualizing children, normalizing promiscuity and risky behaviours that inevitably expose young people to a variety of health problems, ranging from unwanted pregnancy to contraction of life-changing (and even life-threatening) STIs.
We believe that the primary responsibility for the education of children rests with their parents, who have the right and duty to ensure that their child is educated in line with their own beliefs and values, including their religious faith. Parents entrust children to teachers to be taught in a way that they, the parents, regard as being in the best interests of their children. These rights are recognised and protected by international law, but are now increasingly under threat by Government policy.
The aim of this site is:
- to provide a Forum to enable parents to share their experiences and discuss them with other parents and educators
- to explain the legal rights, duties and obligations relating to the education and protection of children and young people
- to provide informed assessment by experts on legal, health and family issues
- to help parents best express their legitimate concerns to schools, education authorities and to social services, and providing, if necessary, advocacy help
- to enable parents to determine and find support for the best course of action in their child’s best interests