The website ‘Everyone’s Invited’ set up in March 2021 has over 15,000 accounts alleged peer on peer abuse. Additionally, a recent TES survey found that most teachers in secondary education were aware of verbal harassment, revenge porn and sexual assault.
The Government has tasked Ofsted to carry out a review into this aspect of safeguarding in education. Organisations identified in this review will be inspected to look at amongst other aspects, how allegations were handled, learners supported and whether appropriate actions were taken.
How does this affect my organisation? Now this has been given such a high national priority it is highly likely it will be a focus of all inspectors inspecting safeguarding in educational settings including FE and apprenticeship providers.
Consider the following points to protect your learners:
- Is it identified in your policies and procedures?
- Do staff understand what peer on peer abuse is and what to do if they identify/suspect it?
- How are you educating your learners about healthy and respectful relationships on and offline, understanding consent and recognising gender stereotypes?
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Best for Training also carry out quality audits to help training providers and colleges prepare for their Ofsted inspections and monitoring visits.
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