Last Updated on 9th December 2021
Latest Update 17th June 2021:
Ofsted has warned UK schools that they need to act as though sexual harassment and online sexual abuse is happening to them – even if they haven’t been named on the Everyone’s Invited website. The education watchdog published the results of their rapid review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges on the 10th of June, 2021.
Our update brings you the key findings and additional service and guidance for tackling harmful sexual behaviour and peer on peer abuse in schools.
Ofsted Key Findings
Furthermore, the review states that ‘leaders should take a whole-school/college approach to developing a culture where all kinds of sexual harassment and online sexual abuse are recognised and addressed’ while also highlighting how Ofsted believe this can be achieved.
The report also includes a series of recommendations and actions for:
- Schools and College leaders
- Multi-agency partners
- Actions for the inspectorates
Statistics from ‘Review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges’
Out of those students surveyed by Ofsted:
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A Safeguarding Update from the Head of Safer Schools
Context – Everyone’s Invited
In the last number of months, we have been monitoring the situation with disclosures made on the Everyone’s Invited website. After looking closely at the content on the site and listening to law enforcement agencies, we wanted to share our briefing note with you.
Although most disclosures have come from England, we think it’s essential that all safeguarding professionals across the UK have access to this information.
We have provided you with a Focus on the Facts and four things you can do right now including a basic safeguarding checklist on harmful sexual behaviours.
Colin Stitt – Head of Safer Schools
An Update on the Facts:
Updated 16th June 2021
Four things you can do:
1. Culture – Creating, Shaping and Maintaining a Safeguarding First Culture
2. Communication – Ensuring Communication and Reporting Pathways are Signposted and Accessible
3. Complaints – Engaging with Established Reporting Procedures in Your School
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