DfE announces review into school sexual abuse

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

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

A new helpline to support potential victims of sexual harassment and abuse in schools, run by the NSPCC, will go live on Thursday, the DfE said.

The announcement comes after numerous anonymous testimonials of sexual harassment and abuse were submitted to the website Everyone’s Invited.

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