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Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment between children in schools and colleges

Monday, April 26, 2021

 

Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment in Schools & Colleges (March 2018)

 

For a link to the guidance click here:

As you will be aware the website 'Everyone's Invited' has drawn much publicity for the shocking testimonials from over 10,000 people describing sexual abuse by other young people. As a result, the government announced that they are launching a review into sexual abuse in schools.

At this moment in time there are no further details regarding the additional elements to the review and the guidance that is to be drawn up.

In the meantime, there is a NEW Dedicated NSPCC helpline 0800 136 663

 

Schools / colleges may wish to make staff, Governors and pupils aware of this.

The new helpline will provide both children and adults who are potential victims of sexual abuse in schools with the appropriate support and advice. This includes how to contact the police and report crimes if they wish. The helpline will also provide support to parents and professionals.

Immediate Safeguarding Tips

  • Ensure your safeguarding policies and procedures are easily accessible and up to date on your school / college website. It is quite possible for Ofsted to dip sample safeguarding policies and procedures from websites. Ensure that Peer on Peer Abuse  / Sexual violence and harassment as per attached is easily found.  Ensure that it is very clear on how to report concerns – who to report to and the process in terms of what happens next.
  • Know your data – how many incidents have occurred, if any, and what actions were taken and what impact did these actions have
  • Consider writing to parents to reassure them and to explain what approach you are taking
  • Keep Governing Body up to date with plan of action