Women and Equalities Committee

Sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools inquiry

Inquiry status: Concluded

Report published on 13 September 2016. Government response published on 29 November 2016.

Report and Government response

The Committee urges the Government to act now to protect and empower a generation of children and young people. Key recommendations are:

  • The Government must use the new Education Bill to ensure every school takes appropriate action to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and sexual violence. Schools will need support from Government to achieve this, including clear national guidance.
  • Ofsted and the Independent Schools Inspectorate must assess schools on how well they are recording, monitoring, preventing and responding to incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence.
  • Every child at primary and secondary school must have access to high quality, age-appropriate relationships and sex education delivered by well-trained individuals. This can only be achieved by making sex and relationships education (SRE) a statutory subject; investing in teacher training; and investing in local third sector specialist support.


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