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Sexual harassment/Sexual Violence and Harmful Sexual Behaviours

Since the tragic death of Sarah Everard and the Everyone’s Invited website,this issue has become the dominant safeguarding issue for schools across the country and we recognise that sexual violence and harassment does happen between students who attend our school. This document  aims to explain the nature of peer on peer sexual abuse and harassment as well as outlining our response to this important issue. It should be read in conjunction with our existing Safeguarding and Child Protection, anti-bullying and Behaviour Policies.

Sexual harassment creates an atmosphere that, if not challenged, can normalise inappropriate behaviours and provide an environment that may lead to sexual violence

 

Identifying Peer-on-peer abuse and sexual harassment 

Peer-on-peer abuse and sexual harassment can take a number of forms, it is unwanted conduct of a sexual nature, which can include: 

Sexual comments about another’s body 

Unwanted physical contact 

Interfering with clothing 

Comments about another’s sexual experience 

Sexual “jokes” or taunting including innuendo

Rating someone’s attractiveness 

 Jokes about rape or sexual abuse

 Sexual name-calling

 Sexual gestures

 Online sexual harassment 

Use of mobile phones to share images or take photos without permission 


 

Responding to incidents of peer on peer abuse and sexual harassment

We follow the guidance outlined by the Department for Education document ‘Sexual Violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges’

 

Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges

 

At Madley Brook Primary School we never pass an incident off as “banter”, “part of growing up" or "having a laugh” even if the victim says that they don’t mind.  We recognise the gendered nature of peer-on-peer abuse (that girls will more likely be victims and boys more likely be perpetrators), but that all forms are unacceptable and will be taken seriously. We understand that child perpetrators of sexual harassment are likely to have experienced or witnessed harm or inappropriate behaviour themselves and may need support beyond the Behaviour policy. 

 

  • All incidents of peer on peer sexual harassment are treated as a safeguarding concern and  safeguarding procedures are followed

  • Any incidents of unwanted touching under clothes (even if over underwear) will be reported to the Police and MASH. 

  • We report all incidents of peer on peer abuse and sexual harassment in line with our Behaviour for Learning Policy, Anti bullying and Child Protection Policy or using the Safeguarding Concern Form on the staff intranet. 

  • All students are taught about consent through their PSHCE lessons

  • Staff receive additional training on dealing with disclosures 

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