Peer-to-peer abuse: Victim’s parents call for changes to guidelines

The parents of a six-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted by classmates have called for a record to be set up showing all sex abuse between children. The BBC reports.

The government said schools should be reporting peer-to-peer abuse and Ofsted inspectors should be highlighting if the school did not do so.

Statutory guidelines introduced by the Department for Education (DfE) last year and updated for this September said all teachers and staff must read part of the Keeping Children Safe in Education Guidance, which explained what peer-on-peer abuse was and the types of sexual violence of which staff should be aware.

Ofsted said “Schools do not have a legal duty to notify Ofsted of safeguarding incidents, nor do we have the power to investigate individual incidents in schools. This means that we are unable to collate an accurate national picture of reports of peer-on-peer abuse.”

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With a 6% rise in peer-to-peer abuse in London alone, what needs to be done? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin

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