Government launches review into sexual abuse in schools and launches NSPCC dedicated helpline to support victims of sexual abuse

31st March, 2021 5:36 pm

The DfE has advised our sister association, BSA. that Ofsted will be conducting an “immediate review of safeguarding policies in state and independent schools”.

Please click here to view the announcement. Details include:

A new helpline to support potential victims of sexual harassment and abuse in education settings has been announced today by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson.

The dedicated number, run by the NSPCC, will go live tomorrow to provide both children and adults who are 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 too.

The government has also asked Ofsted to undertake an immediate review of safeguarding policies in state and independent schools. The review will look at the extent and the severity of the issue and ensure schools have appropriate processes in place to allow pupils to report concerns freely, knowing these will be taken seriously and dealt with swiftly and appropriately.

The dedicated NSPCC helpline number is 0800 136 663, which will be live from tomorrow (Thursday 1 April).

A BBC news story on this story can also be found here.

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