Putting Safeguarding First: questions to party leaders in Wales

Safe Schools Alliance are writing to all candidates for London Mayor to ask them questions on safeguarding children, particularly girls, in our schools. Merched Cymru are asking for the same commitment from Party Leaders in Wales.

There are five questions that we would like all Party Leaders to answer ‘yes’ to. It should not be difficult for them to do that, particularly given the recent (and past) revelations about the alarming levels of sexual assault and harassment of girls in secondary schools.

And the 2020 High Court judgment on experimental medical treatment made it clear that we have not been safeguarding our children adequately. Girls who do not want to identify as girls should not be encouraged to surgically alter their bodies. We expect all Party Leaders to want to tackle this.

We will publish the responses.

Please join us in asking your local Senedd candidates these questions.
Let us know how they reply: [email protected]

Putting Safeguarding First: Questions to Party Leaders in Wales

1. Will you support local schools to uphold the rights of girls to safe, private, single-sex provision – including toilets, changing facilities, and fair access to sports?
2. Will you tackle the alarming levels of misogyny and sexism on schools – particularly the rising number of sexual assaults against female pupils?
3. Will you take steps to protect children from accessing online pornography and ensure that relationships and sex education emphasizes the short- and long-term harm of pornography for both girls and boys?
4. Do you agree that all interested parties (including groups representing women and children) must be consulted before the introduction of policies regarding gender identity?
5. Do you commit to addressing public and professional concerns about the teaching of gender identity in schools – particularly the harmful notion that controversial medical interventions should be considered for children and teenagers who do not conform to gender stereotypes?

Thanks to Safe Schools Alliance for permission to use these questions – and for the excellent work they are doing across the UK to safeguard our children. We are in their debt.