Retain the relationships and sexuality guidelines

Stand with us, to help all students feel safe and included
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All tauira (students) deserve to feel safe and included at school or kura, regardless of their gender, sexuality or background.  

That’s why we’re calling on the government to reconsider their plans to remove and replace the relationships and sexuality education (RSE) guidelines used in schools since 2020.  

These guidelines, which were consulted on in-depth with schools, communities and tauira, were created after calls to end school bullying, violence and child abuse. They provide tools to help schools foster safe and inclusive environments where bullying can’t thrive, especially for rainbow and takatāpui tauira who experience higher bullying rates than others. 

Aotearoa New Zealand already has the third highest rate of bullying in the OECD – we can’t let it worsen. Let’s make change together, by asking the government to retain the guidelines. 

Stand with us, by clicking on the advocacy links below.

Sign our open letter

Sign our open letter

We, alongside many other allied organisations, have written an open letter to the Minister of Education, Erica Stanford. Our letter asks her to reconsider the Government’s plans. Will you stand with us?

Write an email

Want to email the Minister of Education or your local MP, calling on them to retain the RSE guidelines, but not sure where to start? We’ve created a pre-populated email template you can edit and send.

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RSE resources for schools

RSE resources for schools

Are you part of a school or kura? You may find this list of credible relationships and sexuality education (RSE) resources helpful, especially if the RSE guidelines removal does go ahead. 

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Why is the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) involved in this kaupapa?

Removing the RSE guidelines is an education issue - and it’s also a mental health issue. There are clear links between bullying and poor mental health, and removing tools that help schools create safe spaces where bullying can’t thrive warrants our concern.  

We also run Pink Shirt Day, our bullying prevention campaign, which started as a way to end homophobic bullying. We have a responsibility, as allies in this work, to use our voice for good. 

Our policy and advocacy team push for mental health system change of all kinds, every day. They, and the MHF as a whole, are proud to be politically neutral. We do not hold biases or preferences towards any political party, and have not joined forces with any political party in our advocacy work. 

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