Five-year-olds excluded from school for watching porn although overall sexual misconduct exclusions are down

The Telegraph is reporting that children as young as five have been excluded from schools for watching pornography and sharing inappropriate images of themselves…

Records show hundreds of pupils have been banned from class for a raft of “sexual misconduct”, including assault, harassment and bullying.

Others have been excluded for inappropriate touching, lewd behaviour and sexual graffiti.

Some children were disciplined within their first year at school – when new learners are aged between four and five – while 13, 14 and 15-year-olds are the most likely to be sanctioned.

The investigation found there were more than 2,000 reported incidents between January 2010 and September 2013.

However the true figure is likely to be much higher, as nearly two-thirds of the 153 authorities contacted said they did not hold the information centrally, or refused to disclose it.

Child welfare charities and politicians described the figures as “extremely concerning” and called on the Government to clamp down on the ease with which children can access internet pornography, and to implement a “robust” sex education programme.

…Six children in reception classes across England were involved in a sexual act in a school, the figures, obtained by the Press Association, showed. There were a further 15 incidents involving six and seven-year-olds, rising to 69 incidents for children in Year Six (age 11) at the time of the sexual misconduct.

There was a surge in incidents as children reached secondary school – with 175 incidents in Year 7. The figures show further increases in the next three year groups – with 248 incidents for 13-year-olds, 256 for those a year older, and 240 for those in Year 10 (age 15)…

Many authorities said incidents of sexual misconduct appeared to be decreasing.

A spokesman for Derbyshire County Council, which was among those to see a year-on-year decrease in reported incidents, said: “We support schools with their work to prevent incidents, and to learn from any that happen so they can safeguard against them.

“Our on-going work to reduce the number of fixed-term exclusions includes measures to prevent and deal effectively with any problems of this nature.

“We also run our anti-bullying ‘Stop!’ campaign with schools, and restorative justice programmes so students understand the consequences of their actions.”

…A Department for Education spokesman said: “We share headteachers’ serious concerns over sexual misconduct by pupils. That is why we have given teachers the power to search for and delete inappropriate images from phones, while the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency and the Sex Education Forum have produced useful material to help schools deal with ‘sexting’.

“Schools should teach pupils about respect for others and how the law applies to sexual relationships. And our statutory guidance is crystal clear – if a professional thinks a child is at risk of harm they should report it immediately to social care.

“It is encouraging that official statistics show exclusions for sexual misconduct are decreasing year on year and represent less than 0.05 per cent of exclusions across the country.”

The figures come after a damning report last month by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England, which warned that youngsters across the country are being exploited and that the authorities responsible for their safety are failing to protect them.

The two-year inquiry found that 2,409 youngsters were known to be victims of child sexual exploitation by gangs and groups, while a further 16,500 were at risk.

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These figures are not good reading but are things moving in the right direction if overall numbers of exclusions for sexual misconduct are down and, proportionately, very small? What more can or should be done? Please share in the comments or on twitter… 

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  1. BigTalkEd

    This is an increasingly common problem phenomena, which we have seen rise over the last few years. We use specially designed resources which are suitable for reception ~ Yr6 pupils. They address inappropriate behaviour, potentially abusive relationships, the potential dangers of social media and pornography etc. We also offer Training for Teachers and other Professionals. We cannot ignore this, it will only intensify as the access to pornography increases and we fail to step up to the mark with our sex & relationship education in Schools and the home

  2. charltonmanor

    SchoolsImprove staff trained or SLT should be dealing with these issues rather than excluding to home surely. Five year olds? CP issue?!

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