Everyone’s Invited website and NSPCC helpline
01 Apr 2021
You may be aware of the website Everyone’s Invited? This movement started in the summer as an Instagram account and evolved into a website. The website invites people to anonymously share their “rape culture” stories. However, participants are invited to name their school/organisation. Many of the stories are from people who are now adults but some are from current students.
Ealing’s Safeguarding Children Partnership is working with the London network of Safeguarding in Education Leads and Local Authority Designated officers to work with named schools. There will be a London LSCP response to the website to offer support to schools in reviewing their safeguarding systems.
The DfE have commissioned a national helpline run by the NSPCC. This went live 1 April and the number is 0800 136 663.
The helpline is free and anonymous and will be open Monday to Friday 8am – 10pm and Saturday to Sunday 9am – 6pm.
The NSPCC will signpost support and make safeguarding referrals to Local Authorities in the usual way. Alongside the helpline the DfE have launched an immediate review into sexual abuse in education settings. You can read the full press release
The police response is now being co-ordinated nationally by Simon Bailey, the National Police Chiefs' Council lead on child protection. Ofsted has been tasked to follow up discussions with local authorities and we will work with individual schools to ensure that enquiries are handled appropriately.
Safeguarding support flowchart
The website and national response has been flagged at DSL briefings and network meetings in the context of ensuring all pupils and staff know where to go to report concerns and to ensure that schools can take specific action where appropriate.
A reminder flowchart has been shared (see download) to highlight the importance of reporting to the Police or Children’s Services.
Action: Review school safeguarding policies
We encourage all schools to review their safeguarding policies including the delivery of Relationships and Sex Education and to consider any further professional training needs related to teaching about consent and reporting.