In April 2021, the Department for Education asked Ofsted to carry out a rapid review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges in England1. This included looking at peer-on-peer sexual harassment, sexual violence and online sexual abuse.
Our briefing summarises findings from the review around:
The review points out that - due to the prevalence of sexual harassment and online sexual abuse - schools, colleges and multi-agency partners should act as though it is happening to children and young people in their care, even when there are no specific reports.
ReferencesOfsted (2021) Review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges [Accessed 19/07/2021].
Summaries for key reports, statutory and non-statutory guidance, and legislation.
Use our range of resources on peer-on-peer sexual abuse and healthy relationships for schools and anyone who works or volunteers with children and young people.
The NSPCC has launched a dedicated helpline for children who have experienced abuse at school, and for adults and professionals that need support and guidance.
Need help planning or delivering health, relationships, and sex education curriculum in England? Our RSE resources, guidance and training can help you with this.