Ofsted review into sexual abuse in schools

Ofsted has launched a review into school safeguarding policies to support victims of sexual abuse and the establishment of a dedicated helpline.

The review, which follows the publication of anonymous testimonials of sexual abuse on a website, aims to find out whether schools and colleges have appropriate safeguarding processes in place. 

It will also consider whether current guidance is understood by schools, and whether it is sufficient to help them respond effectively to allegations.

Baroness Blake, Chair of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board, said: “Any incidence of sexual harassment or assault is abhorrent. 

“No child should fear going to school, and it is right that work is being undertaken immediately to consider how schools are working to keep children safe, as well as to give children a safe place to receive support and advice.

“Keeping children safe is everyone’s responsibility, and local safeguarding partnerships, including councils, health providers and the police, along with schools, will also want to consider local policies and approaches.”

She added: “The introduction of compulsory relationships and sex education will be a positive step in ensuring young people understand what healthy relationships look like, and the importance of consent, respect and privacy. 

“With pressure on teaching time following repeated lockdowns, it will be important to ensure time is protected for these important lessons.”

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