Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges

Advice for schools and colleges on how to prevent and respond to reports of sexual violence and harassment between children.



This is for:

  • governing bodies of maintained schools and colleges
  • proprietors of independent schools (including academies, free schools and alternative provision academies) and non-maintained special schools
  • management committees of pupil referral units
  • headteachers, principals, senior leadership teams and designated safeguarding leads

It covers:

  • what sexual violence and harassment is
  • schools’ and colleges’ legal responsibilities
  • a whole school or college approach to safeguarding and child protection
  • how to respond to reports of sexual violence and sexual harassment
Published 14 December 2017
Last updated 17 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added updated advice document to the page.

  2. First published.