Sexual violence and sexual harassment – advice

Advice for governing bodies, proprietors, head teachers, principals, senior leadership teams and designated safeguarding leads.

This is advice provided by the Department for Education (the department). The focus is sexual violence and sexual harassment between children at school and college. For the purposes of this advice, a child is anyone under the age of 18.1 It provides advice on what sexual violence and sexual harassment is, how to minimise the risk

The advice highlights best practice and cross-references other advice, statutory guidance and the legal framework. It is for individual schools and colleges to develop their own policies and procedures. It is important that policies and procedures are developed in line with their legal obligations, including the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Equality Act 2010, especially the Public Sector Equality Duty. 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.

A copy of the document can be found here