This article summarises key points from Ofsted’s review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges (published in June 2021).
What was the review?
In 2021 the government asked Ofsted to conduct a rapid review of sexual abuse in schools, after numerous anonymous testimonials of sexual harassment and abuse were posted on the Everyone’s Invited website.
Ofsted visited 32 schools and colleges as part of its review, some of which had been named on the ‘Everyone’s Invited’ website.
Ofsted spoke to:
- Over 900 children and young people about the prevalence of peer-on-peer (now called child-on-child) sexual harassment and sexual violence (including online)
- School leaders
- Local safeguarding partners (LSPs)
- Parents and other stakeholders
The key findings ...
Pupils often see no point in reporting harmful behaviour
This is because incidents are so commonplace.
Nearly 90% of girls, and nearly 50% of boys, said being sent explicit pictures or videos of things they