School sex education failure ‘leads to child-on-child rape and abuse’

The Times is reporting an enquiry which has found that teenage girls are falling victim to degrading sexual violence and exploitation by their classmates because schools fail to give pupils vital information about sex and healthy relationships…

…The “crucial role” of schools was stressed by Sue Berelowitz, the Deputy Children’s Commissioner for England, as she published the final report of a two-year inquiry into gang and group-related child sexual exploitation.

An interim report, published by the inquiry last year, revealed that in a 14-month period more than 2,400 children in England were subjected to sex-grooming offences involving organised groups of adult predators.

Ms Berelowitz said yesterday that public awareness of such adult-on-child crimes has “improved phenomenally” in recent years but warned that agencies in some areas of the country were yet to match awareness with the action to protect children and prosecute offenders. She also called for a greater focus on hidden crimes of sexual violence committed by young people against their peers.

“The issue of child-on-child sexual violence is one that nobody has properly woken up to. I wasn’t prepared for the sadism, the sheer scale of the depravity that we’ve encountered,” she said.

She gave the example of an 11-year-old girl, raped over three days by ten boys aged 13 and 14 who were not subsequently charged with any offence linked to the sex attacks…

“Schools are absolutely critical because that’s where our young people are. That’s the best way to impact upon their attitudes,” she said…

Earlier this year, an Ofsted report on PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) lessons in schools found that more than a third required improvement in their sex and relationships education.

Ofsted said the most common error in secondary schools was that “too much emphasis was placed on the mechanics of reproduction and too little on relationships”, leaving children vulnerable to “inappropriate sexual behaviours and sexual exploitation”.

The report recommends that every school should develop approaches to promote understanding of healthy relationships and the concept of consent, and to address gender inequality and the harm caused by sexual violence and exploitation, “including sexualised bullying and coercive behaviour”…

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Comments

  1. LearnWLesley

    getcarter66 SchoolsImprove Internet parents and society. Lack of morals from many in the public eye. Being cruel and unkind seen as cool..

  2. getcarter66

    LearnWLesley Respect is learnt from experiencing & visually seeing it. Kids haven’t a chance with what see & hear-internet SchoolsImprove

  3. LearnWLesley

    getcarter66 SchoolsImprove agree – if children learn what is right and wrong from the onset & parents control Internet usage it would help

  4. ian_bec

    SchoolsImprove do sex ed before they’re likely to want to try it out, as in Netherlands. In UK puritanical attitudes hamper realism.

  5. VivWatson1

    SchoolsImprove I CANNOT believe schools will get the blame for this too!!! Come on, really?!! Will parental responsibility never count?

  6. getcarter66

    LearnWLesley Maybe we are? Govt. dragged heels-internet safety-restraint is needed like car safety belts, people need it SchoolsImprove

  7. andrew_1910

    ian_bec SchoolsImprove Extensive prog in multi-racial Lond Comp late 70s. No pregancies in 3yrs. Thatcher’s gov made it imposs to continue

  8. LearnWLesley

    getcarter66 SchoolsImprove can see your point however people need to learn self restraint . ALL govs are in it for themselves not people

  9. getcarter66

    LearnWLesley Yep your right but some humans have self destruct? just can’t see pass their nose. thkUfor tweets-take care SchoolsImprove

  10. deepends

    SchoolsImprove the Sgov rolling out a survey called Evidence2Success that asks 14yrs if they have had anal/vaginal sex in past 30 days!!!!

  11. LaCatholicState

    Euwww……our leaders have minds like sewers. Is it any wonder children are the way they are? Secular society is falling fast.

  12. LiterateGrumpy

    SchoolsImprove Yet again schools “at fault” for the ills of society! Schools already teaching, social working, counselling & child-minding!

  13. lovemyslk

    SchoolsImprove blaming schools again! It’s relationships, role models in their communities too. Parents have responsibility too.

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