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Safeguarding & Everyone's Invited: Have I done enough to keep children safe?

The Everyone’s Invited revelations and Ofsted’s subsequent review of sexual harassment and abuse in schools and colleges has clear implications for safeguarding practice. Elizabeth Rose advises on conducting an internal review of safeguarding structures around sexual harassment, violence and abuse

The Ofsted’s review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges (2021) following the testimonies shared on the Everyone’s Invited platform has been a source of anxiety for lots of schools.

In my conversations with safeguarding leads, the overriding concern is not around whether schools have been named or whether Ofsted is going to visit, but rather “have I done enough to keep children safe?”.

From a safeguarding perspective, this is an excellent question to ask. We know that safeguarding is an ever-developing picture, with the level and type of risks faced by children changing all the time. It is a statutory requirement that designated safeguarding leads attend training regularly and keep up-to-date with new information, because we are operating in a dynamic arena and need to understand the risks that children are facing.

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