In March 2021, the UK government commissioned Ofsted to review sexual abuse in schools after a website collected testimonies from students who had been abused by other students. Ofsted have published its report and in this CPD session
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The Department for Education (DfE) has published a report looking at how schools in England were developing their existing physical, social, health and economic (PSHE) education to prepare for statutory relationships, sex and health education (RSHE) requirements, which came into force in September 2020. This research was carried out between October and December 2019, in schools that were early adopters of the new requirements, and reflects some examples of school practice at a point in time before the introduction of compulsory RSHE.
Read the report: RSHE: school practice in early adopter schools
Source: Department for Education
The National Crime Agency (NCA) has published the 2021 National Strategic Assessment (NSA) of serious and organised crime in the UK. The assessment estimates there is between 550,000 and 850,000 people in the UK who pose varying forms of sexual risk to children. The NCA reports that collaboration with policing and other key partners has resulted in the safeguarding of nearly ten thousand children in the first nine months of 2020/21 and more than 7,000 arrests.
Read the news story:Online is the new frontline in fight against organised crime– says NCA on publication of annual threat assessment
Read the report: National Strategic Assessment of serious and organised crime (PDF)
Source: National Crime Agency
BBC News reports on findings from a survey of more than 1,500 UK teachers carried out by BBC Radio 4’s File on 4 and NASUWT, the Teachers’ Union looking at sexual abuse in schools. Findings include: almost a third of teachers surveyed said they had witnessed peer-on-peer sexual harassment or abuse; almost one in 10 said they saw it on a weekly basis; and more than half said they did not think adequate procedures were in place in their schools to deal with abuse. The File on 4 programme is available on BBC Sounds.
Read the news story: Teachers ‘struggle to deal with classroom sexual abuse’
Listen on BBC Sounds:Sexual abuse in schools
Source: BBC News
The body overseeing criminal sentences in England and Wales is proposing treating paedophiles who are caught in stings the same as abusers who harm real children.
Information for parents and carers about attending schools, nurseries and colleges in the spring term 2021.
We have updated advice on the use of face coverings in education and updated information to reflect commencement of step 2 of the COVID-19 response – spring 2021
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The standards that school and childcare providers must meet for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5.
Added a new statutory framework for the early years foundation stage which applies from 1 September 2021. Until then, the current framework applies.
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Source: Department for Education
Date: 16 March 2021
The Department for Education (DfE) has updated its support and training materials for schools to help train teachers on relationships, sex and health education (RHSE) in England to include a training module on teaching RSHE to pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Separately, a DfE blog discusses the role of schools in teaching about healthy relationships and consent.
Date: 10 March 2021
Cafcass has published care application statistics for England for February 2021. Figures show that Cafcass received 962 new care applications in February 2021, which is 6.2% (64) fewer than the same period in 2020. These applications involved 1,519 children, which is 9.2% (153 children) fewer than February 2020.
View the data: Public law data: number of care applications received