Comberton Village College is a UNICEF Rights Respecting School and has used this framework to respond to and tackle child-on-child abuse and harassment. Jennie Girling and Marielle Burgess describe the progress they have made

As duty bearers for children’s rights, we have a responsibility to create a safe learning environment where child-on-child abuse is not acceptable. This is how we are achieving it with children’s rights at the top of our mind.

As the Everyone’s Invited scandal and the subsequent Ofsted review (2021) revealed, child-on-child abuse and the culture of sexualised behaviour and misogyny is very much present in schools across the UK.

Soon after the scandal, we realised that, despite our best efforts and being a UNICEF UK Gold Rights Respecting School, our school was not an exception.

Being a Rights Respecting School gives us a useful framework and language to have difficult conversations with pupils and staff and link them to children’s rights.

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