Tag Archive: ofsted

Assume sex abuse is occurring, schools told

7th July, 2021 8:26 am

School and college staff should assume that peer-on-peer abuse is happening even if nobody has reported it, guidance from the Department for Education recommends. The department’s Keeping Children Safe In Education document will become mandatory in sixth-form and college settings for the first time in September. The guidance warns that abuse can happen outside school or college and can be... View Article

An inset day on sexual abuse ‘won’t cut it’, says Spielman

23rd June, 2021 8:28 am

Amanda Spielman has warned schools that a one-off safeguarding inset day alone “won’t cut it” as the sector looks to address sexual abuse and harassment among pupils. In response to Ofsted’s review of sex abuse in schools, the Department for Education pledged to “encourage” schools to include relationship, health and sex education curriculum and safeguarding training as part of a national... View Article

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.   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... View Article

Ofsted chief says new ombudsman may be needed to probe school sex abuse

19th May, 2021 8:18 am

England’s education system may need a new ombudsman to investigate schools’ handling of cases of alleged sex abuse and harassment, a watchdog has said. Amanda Spielman, the head of the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted), said it did not have powers to investigate individual allegations, which had potentially created an “unsatisfied need in the system”.... View Article

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... View Article