The committee were concerned about the lack of clear protocols, noting that current guidance does not specifically state that pupils who have abused other pupils will not be kept in the same class as their victims.
Responding, the Minister said that the Department for Education (DfE) intends to open a consultation on changes to ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ later this term which would then come into force in September 2018. He also said that the DfE would issue interim guidance later this term.
Under the current statutory guidance, governing boards have a duty to ensure that their policy minimises the risk of peer on peer abuse and outlines how allegations will be dealt with. In addition to discussing this with senior leaders, governing boards should engage appropriately with pupils, parents and staff to ensure that policies are having the desired impact day-to-day.