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Safeguarding & sexual abuse: Key changes from September

Following Ofsted’s review into sexual abuse in schools, there have been important updates to both the Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance and the inspection handbook. Elizabeth Rose joins the dots...

The shocking findings from the Ofsted review of sexual abuse in schools (Ofsted, 2021a), along with the updates to the inspection handbook (Ofsted, 2021b) and Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE, 2021) were released in quick succession last term at the end of a difficult year.

We have now had time to digest the messages that have rung out loud and clear from young people both online and in the review and have the updated guidance to support us with what to do about the issue of peer-on-peer sexual abuse.

In this article, I will connect the dots between these documents and examine the links between the key changes to support leaders in implementing meaningful change.

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