Safeguarding update for governing bodies

01 Jul 2022

There have been a number of additional supporting guidance documents and toolkits that have been promoted to address the recommendations made in Ofsted's rapid Review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges

A number of recommendations were made for mulit-agency partners and government as well as for schools and colleges and can be read in full via the link above.

Whole school approach

"School and college leaders should create a culture where sexual harassment and online sexual abuse are not tolerated, and where they identify issues and intervene early to better protect children and young people.

In order to do this, they should assume that sexual harassment and online sexual abuse are happening in their setting, even when there are no specific reports, and put in place a whole-school approach to address them. This should include:

  • A carefully sequenced RSHE curriculum, based on the Department for Education’s (DfE’s) statutory guidance, that specifically includes sexual harassment and sexual violence, including online. This should include time for open discussion of topics that children and young people tell us they find particularly difficult, such as consent and the sending of ‘nudes’

  • High-quality training for teachers delivering RSHE

  • Routine record-keeping and analysis of sexual harassment and sexual violence, including online, to identify patterns and intervene early to prevent abuse

  • A behavioural approach, including sanctions when appropriate, to reinforce a culture where sexual harassment and online sexual abuse are not tolerated

  • Working closely with LSPs in the area where the school or college is located so they are aware of the range of support available to children and young people who are victims or who perpetrate harmful sexual behaviour

  • Support for designated safeguarding leads (DSLs), such as protected time in timetables to engage with LSPs

  • Training to ensure that all staff (and governors, where relevant) are able to:

    • better understand the definitions of sexual harassment and sexual violence, including online sexual abuse

    • identify early signs of peer-on-peer sexual abuse

    • consistently uphold standards in their responses to sexual harassment and online sexual abuse".

Joint DSL and safeguarding governor networks

You can also book online for the joint DSL and safeguarding governor networks, supporting strategic leadership of CP/safeguarding, which will run termly next year. Book via the CPD online links below:

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