Earlier this year, my colleague Chris Whittington and I shared our immediate thoughts following the emergence of the Everyone’s Invited movement. As discussed further in this ebriefing, Ofsted has now published its findings following a review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges.
We now know the scale of peer-on-peer sexual abuse is far worse than most schools, governors and local safeguarding partnerships had originally thought. Amelia Bauer, from our regulatory team, has outlined Ofsted’s key findings and recommendations following their review.
We appreciate this is a very important and sensitive issue for schools and that there are no easy answers. This article also provides some helpful next steps for school leaders to take in light of the review findings.
Please contact myself, Amelia or any other member of the regulatory team if you would like advice on this or in relation to any other safeguarding matters.
The review found that 75% of governing bodies had received no safeguarding training, least of all in relation to online sexual abuse. Schools should ensure governors have received safeguarding training to enable them to effectively hold the school to account.