Ofsted ‘ignored failures to protect rape victims’

Concerns have been raised about “systemic flaws” in Ofsted’s inspection model after it praised two schools on safeguarding, judging them “effective”, despite being warned of major failures in their protection of child rape victims, Tes can reveal. 

The revelation that the schools were given clean bills of health has led to concerns that Ofsted is leaving schools to mark their own homework on safeguarding.

In one of the cases brought to Tes’ attention, a six-year old girl was raped multiple times at school, despite staff reportedly being present in the playground during sexual attacks. The school had also allegedly been previously alerted to the fact that the two boys involved were displaying harmful sexual behaviour.

The girl’s mother repeatedly tried to alert Ofsted to the school’s failures during an inspection and eventually spoke to an inspector. But the primary was still judged to have “effective” safeguarding.

In a second case, Ofsted was alerted to an incident in which a secondary school had put a 16-year old girl back into a classroom with a male classmate who had allegedly raped her outside of school.

In the first case, the six-year-old rape victim’s mother, Anna*, told Tes how she attempted to tell Ofsted what had happened.

“I rang the helpline, [on the morning of the inspection], that opened at 9am,” she said. “I spoke to someone who said it would be ‘very hard to get a message through to the inspector’, so I basically said, ‘Well, my daughter’s been raped in school.'”

Anna was forced to call the number twice more, because no one got back to her. “There was no proactivity at all, I had to keep on ringing them,” she said.

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