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Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges Advice for governing bodies, proprietors, headteachers, principals, senior leadership teams and designated safeguarding leads May 2018

Source: Department for Education published on this site Friday 18th May 2018 by Jill Powell

This is advice provided by the Department for Education (the department). Its focus is child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment at schools and colleges. The advice covers children of all ages, from the primary through secondary stage and into colleges. For the purposes of this advice, a child is anyone under the age of 18. Whilst the focus of the advice is on protecting and supporting children, schools and colleges should of course protect any adult students and engage with adult social care, support services and the police as required.

The advice sets out what sexual violence and sexual harassment is, how to minimise the risk of it occurring and what to do when it does occur, or is alleged to have occurred.

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.1 It is important that schools and collegesconsider how to reflect sexual violence and sexual harassment in their whole school or college approach to safeguarding and in their child protection policy.

This is for:

  • governing bodies of maintained schools and colleges
  • proprietors of independent schools (including academies, free schools and alternative provision academies) and non-maintained special schools
  • management committees of pupil referral units
  • headteachers, principals, senior leadership teams and designated safeguarding leads

To read the guidance click:

Research being undertaken which aims to enhance understanding of victims’ experiences of hate crime.

Source: NatCen published on this site Thursday 17th May 2018

NatCen are performing this work for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services. HMICFRS independently assesses the effectiveness and efficiency of police forces and fire and rescue services.

Through in-depth individual interviews, they will explore people’s direct experiences of hate crime, including their views and experiences about reporting it and interactions with the police and support organisations. Findings from this research will inform recommendations to improve how hate crime is handled in policy and practice.

They would like to talk to anyone who has experienced or reported a hate crime or hate-related incident from January 2017 in England or Wales.

 We are interested in all experiences of hate crime, including:

  • incidents related to race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, transgender identity
  • incidents related to other personal characteristics such as age, gender, or being part of an alternative subculture
  • physical, verbal, and online incidents of hate crime.

What's involved? 

Each interview will take around 60 minutes and can take place over the phone or face-to-face. Taking part is completely voluntary, and you are free to change your mind at any time.

The sorts of things you will be asked about are:

A bit about your background and daily life

Your  experience(s) of hate crime

Your views about reporting the crime to the police

Views on help and support you received throughout this process

We will ask your permission to audio record your answers so nothing you say is forgotten. If you don’t want to be recorded, we can make written notes instead. NatCen will keep all recordings and/or written notes securely so that no one else can access them. Our systems are encrypted and password protected.

NatCen will write a report about the issues you and others speak about in the interviews, but we will not use your name and any details that could identify you in any way. Everyone who participates in the research will receive £20 to thank you for your time.

If you are interested in taking part, or would like further information, contact: or Freephone 0808 169 1224.

To find out more about NatCen and their pledge email:

Please note their website also gives this warning

Warning about telephone fraud

We've received reports that members of the public have received hoax telephone calls claiming to be from the National Centre for Social Research, asking people for confirmation of their bank name and account number.

Please be warned that these calls are not made by NatCen Social Research and that we would never ask for these details. If you receive a call like this and are concerned, please report it to Action Fraud.


IWF research on child sex abuse live-streaming reveals 98% of victims are under 13

Source: internet Watch Foundation (IWF) published on this site Tuesday 15th May 2018 by Jill Powell

The charity calls for greater awareness as youngest victim identified is just three-years-old.

A new study by IWF has revealed shocking statistics on children being groomed, coerced and blackmailed into live-streaming their own sexual abuse over webcams, tablets and mobile phones.

The research, Online Child Sexual Exploitation: Examining the Distribution of Captures of Live-streamed Child Sexual Abuse was conducted over a three-month period and identified 2,082 images and videos of live-streamed child sexual abuse. It revealed that 98% of images found were of children aged 13 and under, 28% were aged 10 or under, while the youngest victim was just three-years-old.

Top lines from the study found:

  • 96% of victims were girls.
  • 96% showed a child on their own, in a home environment.
  • 18% of the abuse was categorised as Category A, which includes the rape and sexual torture of children.
  • 40% of the abuse was categorised as Category A or B, which indicates serious sexual abuse.

100% of images had been harvested from their original upload locations.

Shockingly, 100% of the imagery had been harvested from the original upload location and had been redistributed on third party websites, with 73% of content appearing on 16 dedicated forums. This indicates the abusive imagery was being shared with the intention of advertising paid downloads of videos of webcam child sexual abuse.

Sadly, a huge 40% of this illegal imagery was confirmed as Category A or B, 18% being Category A which involves what IWF classifies as the rape and sexual torture of children. The remainder was classed as Category C.

Of the live-streamed content, 4% was captured from mobile-only streaming apps.

The Internet Watch Foundation, which conducted the research (over a three-month period from August to October 2017) with funding support from Microsoft, is calling for greater awareness of online child sexual abuse using live-streaming apps. The organisation wants to encourage parents, carers and professionals working with youngsters to be aware of children’s technology use and the dangers posed to them by offenders.

Susie Hargreaves OBE, IWF CEO, said: “We know that these figures will be shocking to read. This is a trend we identified from our Hotline data and were deeply concerned about. Microsoft provided the funding, so that we could take an in-depth look at these illegal live-streamed videos.

“The report worked with over 2,000 cases where children had been, we believe, either groomed or coerced into live-streaming video of themselves, via their webcam, mobile or tablet. The backgrounds in the videos we studied, mostly showed that the youngsters were in very ordinary ‘home’ settings -  somewhere like their bedrooms, or a bathroom. Critically, no adult appeared to be present in the images we saw. Therefore, it’s our belief that these children were being ‘directed’ to abuse themselves and live-stream the sexual abuse.

“This form of grooming is complicated and only possible because of the ‘anonymity’ the internet offers. An offender may be, for example, a 40-year-old man. But by abusing a legitimate internet site to create a false profile, he could appear online as a 12-year-old school girl. Sadly, through this study we saw a range of grooming scenarios that abusers employ.

“We know that this information will be terrifying for most parents. That’s why we are trying to warn parents, carers and professionals working with children, about the potential abuse of live steaming technology by offenders.”

Read more: IWF research on child sex abuse live-streaming reveals 98% of victims are under 13

Disrespect NoBody teaching resources on preventing teenage relationship abuse

Source: Home Office published on this site Wednesday 16th May 2018 by Jill Powell

The Home Office Disrespect NoBody  PSHE education teaching materials are designed to support the Government’s campaign to help prevent abusive behaviours within young people’s relationships.

These teaching materials can be easily integrated into your PSHE education programme and are designed to help pupils understand and maintain healthy relationships while learning about consent and challenging controlling behaviour, violence and abuse. The resource also focuses on developing key skills and attributes intrinsic to healthy relationships - such as empathy, respect, communication and negotiation.

The PSHE Association has worked with the Home Office to update and streamline the lesson plans, guidance and activities for 2018, following helpful feedback from our members. The materials can be downloaded below. 

You can also email the campaign team to access other resources to support the campaign, including resources for LGBT young people, and order up to 10 copies of a DVD containing the campaign adverts to use alongside the teaching materials.

To obtain the materials and find the email link click:

Students register 100 abuse cases on Cardiff University system

Source: BBC News published on this site Monday 14th May 2018 by Jill Powell

Bethan Lewis writes:

“Students at all universities should have the opportunity to report incidents of assault or violence, the National Union of Students in Wales has said.

It has welcomed a new online system run by Cardiff University which has seen 101 students report incidents since October.

A significant proportion were cases of abuse within relationships.

Students also registered over 30 cases of rape and 40 sexual assaults.

One student who was sexually assaulted on his way home from a party urged others not to be ashamed if they had endured a similar experience.

Cardiff University said it was surprised by the number who have used the system since it was set up for its 30,000 students.

It is also surprised at the proportion who have chosen to give their details, rather than report incidents anonymously.

"It's been used more frequently than we would perhaps have thought," said Amy Sykes, in charge of the team who respond to disclosures by students.

Those who get in touch are offered an appointment with a member of staff where they talk through the incident and its impact and discuss any practical help they could be offered.

That could include help with housing, their finances or applying for "extenuating circumstances" and may also cover making a complaint or reporting to the police.

The figures were given to BBC Radio Cymru's Post Cyntaf programme.

Often individual student disclosures include more than one incidence of abuse or harassment so some of the figures relate to the same disclosure and are not individual student cases.

In addition, some students have come forward to discuss historic incidents more than a year old.

Read more: Students register 100 abuse cases on Cardiff University system

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