Online Sexual Abuse: An Expert Insight into the Ofsted Review of Sexual Abuse in Schools and Colleges

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Online Sexual Abuse: An Expert Insight into the Ofsted Review of Sexual Abuse in Schools and Colleges

Webinar Runtime: 2 Hours 18 Minutes

This webinar will provide governors, headteachers, senior leaders, DSLs and all school staff with an overview of Ofsted’s research into online sexual abuse and how it is managed in schools, as part of their wider review of current safeguarding practice in relation to sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools and colleges.

On 10 June 2021, Ofsted published their ‘Review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges’ report. It summarises their findings and recommendations following a request from the government to carry out a review of safeguarding policies in schools and colleges in relation to sexual abuse, reporting on areas such as the prevalence of sexual harassment and online sexual abuse, types of harmful online sexual behaviour and research into sexual abuse between peers online.

In this webinar Hazel Parkinson, former county drugs coordinator, DSL and pastoral manager with 20+ years’ senior leadership experience, will provide an overview of Ofsted’s findings including their judgement on the scale and nature of sexual abuse in schools, an assessment of current safeguarding practice and what recommendations they have made for school and college leaders to create a culture where sexual harassment and online sexual abuse are not tolerated.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding the key recommendations for schools to ensure that issues are identified and there is early intervention to better protect children and young people online.

  • Acknowledging the prevalence of sexual abuse inside and outside of school, including sexual harassment and violence between peers and sexual abuse online.

  • Recognising how and with whom children feel most comfortable talking about sexual harassment and violence, including online, and common barriers to reporting concerns.

  • Appreciating what schools’ understanding of the prevalence of online sexual abuse is, how they respond to it and an assessment of current staff training.

  • Recognising if the current safeguarding framework and guidance for inspectors is sufficiently robust and strong enough to assess how schools promote the welfare of children.

Hazel Parkinson

About The Expert

Hazel Parkinson

Former county-drugs coordinator, DSL and pastoral manager with 20+ years’ senior leadership experience.
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