How to encourage the reporting of sexism and sexual harassment
Start building a culture where all pupils feel comfortable raising concerns about sexism and sexual harassment. Encourage pupils and staff to call out unacceptable behaviour and explain what you mean by a 'zero-tolerance' approach.
- Key barriers to reporting
- Importance of reporting 'lower level' incidents
- Call out unacceptable behaviour
- Model appropriate behaviour and language to create a culture of respect
- Be clear on what 'zero-tolerance' means in practice
- Clearly communicate your reporting procedures
- Reassure pupils they'll be fully supported
- Use our posters to help encourage reporting
Key barriers to reporting
Ofsted's review of sexual abuse in schools found a number of reasons why pupils weren't reporting experiences of sexism and sexual harassment. These reasons include how pupils:
- Don't see the point in reporting 'lower level' incidents because they're commonplace
- Are worried the next steps would be out of their control
- Think they wouldn't be believed or that they’d be blamed, so don't feel confident asking for support
- Are concerned they'd be ostracised by their peers or branded a 'snitch' for getting someone into trouble
For further details on the findings of the review, take a look at our summary article.
Below you'll find guidance on the steps you can take to break down these barriers to reporting, creating a culture where all pupils feel comfortable raising any concerns.
To encourage pupils to report 'lower level' incidents, such as sexist name-calling or being sent unwanted explicit pictures or videos,