The Everyone’s Invited movement has raised further awareness of incidents of sexual abuse and harassment involving students both in schools and universities. It has brought to the fore harrowing testimonies from students and worrying national statistics in relation to sexual abuse and harassment involving students. Published testimonies name schools right across the country and individuals from both historic and current student cohorts.
North West Surrey Short Stay School plays a crucial role in teaching pupils about sex and relationships, equality and diversity and modern citizenship. This is enacted through the school’s culture, its curriculum, and policies: Behaviour, Safeguarding, Anti-bullying, Relationships and Sex Education and Whistle Blowing.
North West Surrey Short Stay School recognises that we have a vital responsibility in tackling sexual violence and harassment and instilling good values in our students and their respect for one another. Like so much of education, our work must complement that undertaken by parents and carers so that young people receive a consistent message and people can go about their lives free from harassment and abuse.
North West Surrey Short Stay School will continue to engage with its students, listen to their concerns and signpost necessary support provision within and beyond our school. We ask that anyone who has experienced such behaviour, or who is suffering because of it, to report it to an appropriate adult in the school so they can be supported, and steps can be taken to address the issue.