MPs debate sexual harassment and violence in schools
November 17, 2017
Last week MPs debated sexual harassment and violence in schools.
The debate centred on concerns that despite the government’s response to the Committee’s report, and recognition of the scale of peer-on-peer sexual abuse of children and young people in schools, little has been done to improve the situation. MPs welcomed the government’s introduction of compulsory relationships and relationships and sex education (RSE) but were concerned about the delay in legislative force, implementation and providing guidance for schools.
Other key issues raised in the debate included the need for high-quality training for teachers – with which comes a need for further funding and resources - a clear reporting mechanism and process for dealing with sexual harassment, regulation of social media and digital communications.
Soon after this debate, Justine Greening, education secretary, announced the appointment of Ian Bauckham OBE as an adviser to the government on RSE. His role will involve engaging with key stakeholders (parents, pupils and teachers) to inform the government’s plans for RSE and personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education.