Safeguarding School Children from Sexual Harassment & Violence

Speakers Confirmed:

  • Michael Bell, Team Leader, Teacher Regulation, School Safeguarding & Safety Team, Department for Education
  • Jo Sharpen, Policy Manager, Against Violence & Abuse
  • Tamasine Preece, Head of Personal & Social Education, Bryntirion Comprehensive School
  • David Smellie, Head of Safeguarding Unit, Farrer & Co
  • Mark Bentley, Online Safety & Safeguarding Manager, London Grid for Learning
  • Further speakers TBC


Evidence presented to a House of Commons Select Committee suggests sexual harassment & violence is widespread in UK schools. The Government has made clear in response that the legal framework for dealing with it rests on schools’ duties to: 1. have regard for statutory safeguarding guidance; 2. put in place a behaviour policy, and; 3. comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty. New Specialist DfE advice also highlights 'the best schools take a whole school approach to safeguarding and child protection.'

With a recent Plan International UK survey finding that ‘more than a third of girls in the UK have received unwanted sexual attention or contact while wearing their school uniform in public’, what more can be done to protect school children from sexual harassment & violence wherever it occurs?

Join Westminster Briefing on Tuesday 19 March for an up to date brief from the Department for Education on what more your institution can do to protect its pupils from sexual harassment & violence, both in and out of school.

Key issues to be addressed:

  • The legal framework and schools’ duties
  • Understanding ‘Keeping Children Safe in Schools’ guidance and 'Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Between Children in Schools & Colleges' advice
  • Responsibilities within a school: who does what
  • The benefits of a ‘whole school approach’, what a good one looks like, and how to develop your own
  • Responding to reports
  • Safeguarding victims and alleged perpetrators after a report
  • Dealing with particularly complex/challenging cases
  • Contextual Safeguarding, considering wider environmental factors during assessments, and working with children’s social care
  • The extent of schools’ responsibilities to their pupils/students outside of school

About the event:

The morning session will focus on the benefits of implementing a whole organisation approach and examine the legal duties and guidance schools must comply with when tackling sexual harassment & violence within schools.

The afternoon session will explore how far responsibilites stretch beyond the school gate. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with the expert panel throughout.

Morning refreshments will be served upon arrival with a networking lunch to follow. Any special needs or dietary requirements should be notified to us upon booking.

Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in safeguarding school children from sexual harassment & violence, including: designated safeguarding leads; head/deputy/assistant headteachers; principles & chief executives; alternative education providers; pupil referral units; governors; school counsellors; PSHE leads; LEAs; children’s services; police forces; teaching unions; academics; and representative groups.

Further information:

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.

Please note that all speakers and the agenda are subject to change without notice.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:


Tuesday 19th March 2019

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)


This event will take place in Central London. The venue will be announced closer to the date.


Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each


Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each


Above prices exclude VAT


If you require a booking form, please contact | 0207 593 5657

More from Dods