Ofsted-Review of sexual abuse in schools

Ofsted published on 10th June its review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges. The report concludes that sexual harassment and online sexual abuse has become ‘normalised’ for children and young people, and found that many teachers and leaders consistently underestimate the scale of these problems. Specific recommendations for governors and trustees are included in the report.

Governors and trustees should have a good understanding of sexual harassment and sexual violence, including online, so that they can provide the right level of support and challenge for school leaders and Designated Safeguarding Leads, the report says. It identified varying practices in the schools visited with regard to safeguarding training for governors, and the role of governors in providing oversight on incidents of harmful sexual behaviour.

Read the report here.

posted 18.06.2021