Report Abuse in Education helpline receives hundreds of calls since launching in April

24th May, 2021 2:41 pm

NSPCC Report Abuse in Education helpline has received 353 calls since opening on 1 April.

 


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Commissioned by the Department for Education, our independently run Report Abuse in Education helpline was set up after thousands of testimonies alleging child sexual abuse and harassment in schools were posted on the Everyone’s Invited website.

Our helpline is available to support child and adult victims of abuse in schools to make current and non-recent disclosures of abuse or neglect. We’re here if you’re worried about something you’ve seen, if you’re concerned for your child, or a professional looking for advice.

Estimates suggest around one third of all child sexual abuse is carried out by their peers1. Young people can be left feeling angry, upset and confused following sexual assault by classmates. Many children experience shame and guilt, often blaming themselves. The impact can last into adulthood.

Sexual abuse and exploitation is the most common issue reported to our helpline. Incidents range from pupils looking up their classmates’ skirts to sharing images of sex and rape. Parents have also contacted the helpline with concerns that safeguarding incidents have not been appropriately handled in schools.

We’ve launched a dedicated helpline for children and young people who have experienced abuse at school, and for worried adults and professionals that need support and guidance. Whether it’s happening now or it happened in the past – call Report Abuse on 0800 136 663 or email help@nspcc.org.uk.

Source: NSPCC

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