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Sexual abuse in schools to be investigated in government review


Sexual abuse in schools to be investigated in government review

Sexual abuse in schools to be investigated in government review

An immediate review into sexual abuse in schools has been announced by the Department for Education (DfE).

Ofsted will look at safeguarding policies in state and independent schools, “the extent and the severity of the issue” and ensure there are appropriate systems in place to allow pupils to report their concerns.

The review will also look at ensuring schools are given enough guidance on how to deal with sexual harassment and violence allegations, and whether current school inspection systems are strong enough to address any concerns, the DfE said.

A new helpline, run by the NSPCC, to support potential victims of sexual harassment and abuse in schools, including with guidance on how to contact police and report crimes was also announced by Gavin Williamson, the education secretary.

The number, which goes live on Thursday, will provide advice to children and adults, including parents and professionals, the DfE said.


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