SEXUAL and relationships education in schools should not be delivered in isolation from support services, according to Sexual Assault Support Service chief executive Liz Little.
Ms Little said sexual abuse was a very real problem for young people.
``None of these programs ever get delivered in schools or clubs or wherever you deliver them without someone disclosing that they've been sexually abused,'' she said.
Ms Little said the service had not been involved in developing the sexual and relationships education strategy for Tasmanian government schools released by Education Minister Nick McKim on Tuesday, but that she hoped the service would be involved in developing the specifics of the program.
Mr McKim said he was confident the new strategy would lead to all government schools offering sexual and relationships education by 2014 and that this education would be age-appropriate and cover a range of topics from the ``nuts and bolts'' of sex to respecting sexual diversity.
Tasmanian State School Parents and Friends Inc president Jenny Eddington said her organisation supported quality sex education in schools.
She said it was already the case that parents received information about the content of sexual education courses and had the ability to exclude their children from some or all of the program.
Mr McKim said parents would continue to have this choice.
The inclusion of sexual diversity into the sexual education curriculum has raised the concern of the Christian right and the state opposition.
Opposition education spokesman Michael Ferguson said there must be a genuine focus on reducing teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.
``The Liberals support a sex education curriculum that is respectful and reflects the views of mainstream society,'' he said.
Australian Christian Lobby Tasmanian director Mark Brown said he was concerned the sexual education strategy was ``being used as part of the gay lobby's political push for same-sex marriage''.
Mr McKim said the details of the program were still being developed.