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Domestic Abuse, Sexual Exploitation and Consent - Key Stage 3&4

Sexual harassment and abuse in education settings

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced a new helpline to support potential victims of sexual harassment and abuse in education settings.

The helpline, run by the NSPCC, provides children and adults who are victims of sexual abuse in schools with support and advice including how to contact the police and report crimes. The helpline will also provide support to parents and professionals. The dedicated NSPCC helpline number is 0800 136 663. The government has also asked Ofsted to undertake an immediate review of safeguarding policies in state and independent schools in England looking at the extent and the severity of the issue and ensuring schools have appropriate processes in place to allow pupils to report concerns freely, knowing these will be taken seriously. The review will conclude by the end of May 2021. Read the news story: Government launches review into sexual abuse in schools Helpline for people who have experienced sexual abuse in education settings launched

Ofsted have published the terms of reference for a review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges. The focus is on safeguarding policies and processes, the effectiveness of inspection, implementation and impact of the RSHE curriculum, interagency communication where there are concerns, how the voice of young people who have been harmed is recognised and taken seriously, and support arrangements that are put in place when things go wrong. 

What you need to do now:-

Check that your safeguarding policy explicitly includes how pupils can report sexual abuse concerns freely, knowing these will be taken seriously and dealt with swiftly and appropriately.   

Are you aware of the differences between healthy sexual behaviours and those which are of concern? Do you know what to do if a child or young person has experienced sexual harassment and abuse or is displaying sexualised behaviour?

There are a number of on-line providers that offer training for staff to assist with recognising the signs of sexual harassment and sexual violence.  Please note that the GSCP is unable to recommend or endorse third party training providers.



Domestic Abuse

This is Abuse - A Government Campaign that ran from 2010-2014 targeted at 13 to 18 year olds. Part of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). Published December 2013. One of the most difficult things that victims and survivors of abuse tell us is that the non-physical abuse they suffer is indescribable. Bruises and cuts are visible. But when someone insists they love you but bully, undermine and manipulate you, the effects are hidden. Questions survivors often ask are, how could I have let someone treat me like that?! And how did I let it carry on for so long?! - still blaming themselves. It is the small "low-level" abusive, everyday behaviour that results in people staying away, isolating themselves from friends, family and support networks. The impact of which affects children especially. Click on the title for more details about looking for the signs and the seeking help. 05/04/16 BBC Radio "It's literally taken The Archers storyline to make me realise that I was in an abusive relationship" Listener "Annie" tells Jeremy Vine that the Archers storyline mirrored her own past in this sixty second clip.


Expect Respect - A toolkit for addressing teenage relationship abuse. It is one strand of a campaign launched by the Home Office to challenge the attitudes of teenagers to violence and abuse in relationships. Despite 750,000 children witnessing domestic violence each year, 1 in 4 teenage girls have been hit by a boyfriend and 18% of boys reporting physical partner violence. Contents include:

  • Teacher's Notes
  • Lessons Plans
  • Supporting Resources


03/06/16 Vice - When your Teenage Romance turns into Domestic Violence A 19-year old feminist is not who you would expect to stay in an abusive relationship. But the reality is, it can happen to anyone, at any age. "I looked down on friends that had seemingly healthy relationships. Those loved up couples seemed superficial to me. Theo and I shared a love so profound, so undeniably intense". "The more cruel he became, the more I craved his love. He convinced me I was unfeminine, overweight, badly dressed and lazy. He made me join the gym, lose weight, and romanticised the disordered relationship I had with food. I started cutting myself- a useless attempt to shock empathy from him. Why didn't I leave? He made me feel totally unlovable. I believed this was the only love I deserved. There was more..."

Our Community Against Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence - 16 Days of Action

During the 16 Days of Action Against Gender-Based Violence; 25th November - 10th December 2019; Gloucestershire will be supporting the UK SAYS NO MORE campaign to raise awareness of Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (DASV). The campaign aims to eradicate the stigma and shame linked to starting conversations within the community, and to raise public awareness. We also need to engage bystanders in ending DASV. We have a zero tolerance approach to DASV and it is everyone's responsibility to keep people safe.

16 Days of Action calendar of daily themes (25/11/19 - 10/12/19)

16 Days of Action 2019 - Agency Activity 









Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

The Tackling FGM Initiative (a six year initiative involving 51 organisations focused on community based prevention work to tackle FGM in the UK) held an event ‘Communities Tackling FGM in the UK’ in 2016. They would like to share with you the learning, achievements and recommendations from the TFGMI.

The event was an opportunity to highlight the achievements of the Tackling FGM Initiative, the impact and added value of community based FGM prevention work and also key learning and recommendations to ensure that we end the practice in the UK.

KS3 Lesson Plan about FGM

Anatomy of female genital mutilation

The world could put a stop to female genital mutilation (FGM) within a generation, international leaders and campaigners say. (This report contains graphic descriptions of the practices involved).The ambitious pledge to end FGM comes from a UK summit dedicated to the topic, hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron.

To view the full BBC report (22/07/2014) click here


Mother found guilty of FGM  (BBC News 01.02.19)

A woman who mutilated her three-year-old daughter has become the first person in the UK to be found guilty of female genital mutilation (FGM).

The 37-year-old mother from east London wept in the dock as she was convicted after a trial at the Old Bailey.

Spells and curses intended to deter police and social workers from investigating were found at the Ugandan woman's home, the trial heard.

Her 43-year-old partner was acquitted by the jury.

Prosecutors said the mother "coached" her daughter "to lie to the police so she wouldn't get caught".

The defendants, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, denied FGM and an alternative charge of failing to protect a girl from risk of genital mutilation.

Mrs Justice Whipple warned of a "lengthy" jail term as she remanded the woman into custody to be sentenced on 8 March.

Female genital mutilation

  • Includes "the partial or total removal of the female external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons"
  • Practised in 30 countries in Africa and some countries in Asia and the Middle East
  • An estimated three million girls and women worldwide are at risk each year
  • About 125 million victims estimated to be living with the consequences
  • It is commonly carried out on young girls, often between infancy and the age of 15
  • Often motivated by beliefs about what is considered proper sexual behaviour, to prepare a girl or woman for adulthood and marriage and to ensure "pure femininity"
  • Dangers include severe bleeding, problems urinating, infections, infertility and increased risk of childbirth complications and newborn deaths

Source: World Health Organization 

Female Genital mutilation  - update from GOV.UK

This update from GOV.UK raises awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM) and provides advice on preventative measures.  Click here to visit the website.  Updated 23/01/2020


Useful Websites

Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service - Intervene at the earliest opportunity to prevent a situation escalating. Provide 'places of safety' in a crisis where necessary; support families back into communities following a crisis as soon as possible, linking them into other local services, contribute to safeguarding children by supporting stability in families and offering specialist advice to other professionals.

For more information about GDASS and the service it provides, please visit or call 0845 602 9035.


Glostakeastand - to end all types of violence and abuse - Gloucestershire organisations, groups and communities joining together to take a stand against all types of violence and abuse. This site tells you more about different types of violence and abuse that can take place within homes. Learn how to protect yourself or others from this kind of behaviour with local, practical support.





The Femicide Census

Since the first Femicide Census report Redefining an Isolated Incident was published in December 2016,2 the Femicide Census project has continued collecting and analysing cases of femicide in England, Wales and, more recently, in Northern Ireland. This report summarises findings on cases of the 113 femicides committed in 2016.

Click here to view the full report. 





How to help a friend experiencing Domestic Abuse

Safety advice for young people on how to help a friend who may be experiencing domestic abuse or teenage relationship abuse created by street.

Helping a Friend








Appropriate language: Child sexual and/or criminal exploitation guidance for professionals

CLICK HERE to download a guidance document by The Children’s Society, Victim Support, NSPCC for professionals around appropriate language as part of the discussion around the exploitation of children and young people. 


Sexual Exploitation

'My Dangerous Loverboy'

  • A hard-hitting film titled 'My Dangerous Loverboy' that tells the story of Jade, a girl who is groomed by her boyfriend Raz and then sexually exploited. This leads to her being trafficked and entrapped in a town far away from home.
  • A multimedia healthy relationship educational resource titled 'Love and Lies' for use by professionals with young people aged 12-17 years in schools.

We strongly advise professionals working with young people to watch the film first and familiarise themselves with further support material to be found within the Love or Lies Education resource pack. (Produced in 2012 so whilst some statistics will now be different, the essence of the relationship lesson plans remain timeless.) 
This film, (approx 20mins) commissioned in 2008, tackles the issue of child sexual exploitation in a sensitive yet direct and forthright way that some viewers may find distressing.


CSE Resource Pack for Schools

Click on the title above for PowerPoints, lesson plans and other resources covering:

To download all the files in one zip file, click on the title above.

NSPCC Get everyone talking PANTS! Resources to support teaching younger children how to keep themselves safe. Talking PANTS teaches children important messages, like their body belongs to them and they should tell an adult if they're upset or worried.

NHS England Advice for Healthcare Staff. Includes signs and possible indicators of CSE as well as what to do if you suspect a child or young person is at risk of CSE.

The Sexual Exploitation of Children - Can you recognise the signs? 

Recre8 - BAIT Take a Closer Look

BAIT is the third film produced from a collaboration between Recre8, Pretty Hate Productions and Daniel Alexander Films, following on from the success of both HURT and HOLD.

The film tells the story of a young schoolgirl, Grace, and her spiral down into the chilling and very real world of Child Sexual Exploitation.

The film has been developed with a unique and insightful resource, designed to be used alongside the film in an educational setting.
BAIT was funded and supported by Birmingham City Council and other credited supporters and has received nationwide attention as an important, relevant and needed piece of work that will only help our understanding of the issue of C.S.E and help the way that we tackle it.

Visit the website to find out if you're eligible for a free copy of the film and resource.


Guidance, Resources and Advice 

Tea Consent - an excellent video on the concept of consent

The Daily Mail - 'Is it normal to have sex when you don't want to?' Shockingly, there are many women who don't know the answer, says a writer campaigning to put them right.

Give and Get Consent - A resource for schools written by GHLL in partnership with the Education and Learning Sub group of the Gloucester Safeguarding Children Board. It follows on from the Teenage Relationship Abuse teaching pack and is designed to answer additional questions regarding consent. You can book on to the training here.

Sexual harassment in schools: a guide for teachers (The Guardian)

MPs seek better plan to fight school sexual harassment - BBC News

Useful Websites

THINKUKNOW - Protecting your children from abuse online. Learn how to keep your child safe online, get advice, and learn what signs may point to child abuse or sexual exploitation. Videos available for all age ranges.

Click here for THINKUKNOW Teachers

Click here for THINKUKNOW Parents


For Staff

How can professionals identify behaviour indicating young people are at risk of sexual exploitation? Click for resources

Multi-agency protocol for safeguarding children who are at risk of abuse through child sexual exploitation

CSE training PowerPoint

DFE Child Sexual Exploitation Step by Step Guide for Practitioners

Disrespect Nobody Campaign

The aim of the campaign is to prevent young people aged 12-18 years old from becoming perpetrators and victims of abusive relationships.

For 2018 the focus of the campaign will be consent, sexting and personal boundaries.

Click here to visit the Disrespect Nobody website.

Topics covered:

Honour-based violence, consent, emotional abuse, FGM, financial abuse, forced marriage, LGB&T, physical abuse, porn, rape relationship abuse, sexting, sexual assault.

FGM perpetrators have no place to hide 

Suspects accused of allowing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to be carried out can face prosecution in the UK, regardless of where in the world the procedure took place, the CPS confirmed.  Following on from the first-ever UK conviction for FGM in February this year, which saw a woman sentenced to 11 years in prison for FGM offences, the CPS has now expanded its guidance to help prosecutors and police successfully bring more perpetrators to justice.  The refreshed guidance also gives clarity on the line between so-called “designer vagina” operations and FGM to guide prosecutors, given the rise in popularity in these procedures.

FGM perpetrators have no place to hide


Helen's Law takes vital step closer 


‘Helen’s Law’ follows the tireless campaigning of Marie McCourt, mother of Helen McCourt who was murdered in 1988 but whose killer has never revealed her body’s location.  It will place a legal duty on the Parole Board to consider the cruelty of killers who refuse to give the location of a victim’s remains when assessing their release.

The Bill will also now apply to paedophiles who take indecent images of children but refuse to disclose their identity and could therefore see them locked away for longer.


Helen's Law takes vital step closer


Multi-million pound award for domestic abuse research

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has awarded just over £2 million to a team led by the University of Stirling and comprising researchers from the universities of Edinburgh, Central Lancashire, Northampton, and East London  to investigate innovative interventions to support children and young people impacted by domestic abuse.

DA research


Refuge and The Co-operative Bank work together 

The ‘My Money, My Life’ campaign in partnership with Refuge Charity
resulted in the creation of an industry wide code of practice that supports victims of financial abuse.

Refuge and the Co-operative bank


Refuge charity: Chilling lockdown short film - Surfaces 



On the launch of Surfaces, Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of Refuge said, “This short film is a stark reminder of what lockdown has been like, and continues to be like, for victims of domestic abuse. As restrictions slowly lift and an end to lockdown is in sight, it’s important to remember women across the country will continue to experience abuse. (17/06/2020)

New helpline for employers - Guidance for developing a DASV policy

Click here on guidance for organisations on producing a domestic abuse and sexual violence policy 


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