Guidance on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment between Children in Schools and Colleges

This is advice provided by the Department for Education.

It provides advice on:

  • what sexual violence and sexual harassment is,
  • how to minimise the risk of it occurring
  • and what to do when incidents occur, or are alleged to have occurred.

The advice highlights best practice and cross-references other advice, statutory guidance and the legal framework.  It is important that schools and colleges consider how to reflect sexual violence and sexual harassment in their whole school or college approach to safeguarding and their own child protection policy.

The advice provides case studies. These are not intended to offer a step-by-step guide, but to provide an indication of some of the many options that are available.

The department will keep the advice under review, particularly as it develops its approach to Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Personal Social Health and Economic (PSHE) education.  They expect to update the advice, in line with their intention to commence revised ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ guidance, in September 2018.

This advice is for:

  • Governing bodies of maintained schools and colleges;
  • Proprietors of independent schools (including academies, free schools and alternative provision academies) and non-maintained special schools;
  • Management committees of pupil referral units (PRUs);
  • Headteachers, Principals and Senior Leadership Teams;
  • and Designated Safeguarding Leads (and their deputies).

Click HERE to read the guidance