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Safeguarding: Have I done enough to keep children safe?

The Everyone’s Invited revelations and Ofsted’s review of sexual harassment and abuse in schools is focused for the most part on secondary education, but primary schools need to understand the issues too – and it never hurts to review your practice. Elizabeth Rose advises

The Ofsted’s review of sexual abuse in schools (2021) following the testimonies shared on the Everyone’s Invited platform has been a source of anxiety for lots of schools.

In my conversations with safeguarding leads, the overriding concern is not around whether schools have been named or whether Ofsted is going to visit, but rather “have I done enough to keep children safe?”.

And while the focus is on secondary schools, primary schools also need to understand the issues at play, as the culture is something that begins much earlier than age 11. Furthermore, from a safeguarding perspective, this is an excellent question to ask ourselves.

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