12 April 2021
After anonymous testimonials were published on the website ‘Everyone’s Invited’, Ofsted has announced a review into safeguarding policies and practices relating to sexual abuse in state and independent schools and colleges.
It will seek to find out whether schools and colleges have appropriate safeguarding processes in place and will also consider whether current guidance is understood by these establishment and whether it is sufficient to help them respond effectively to allegations.
Ofsted will visit a sample of schools and colleges where cases have been highlighted.
As well as talking to school and college leaders, pupils and students, it plans to look at how well systems of support and response are working and to discuss the wider issues raised by the evidence.
HM Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, said: “Like so many others, I have been deeply troubled by the allegations of sexual abuse posted on the ‘Everyone’s Invited’ website. Many of the testimonies reveal that girls have not felt able to report incidents of sexual abuse to their schools. We hope that by listening to young people’s experiences first-hand, this review will provide much needed insight into what these barriers are and how they can be overcome.”
The terms of reference of the review of sexual abuse, which applies in England only, can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ofsted-review-of-sexual-abuse/ofsted-review-into-sexual-abuse-in-schools-terms-of-reference.
Ofsted aims to conclude the review by the end of May 2021.