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This is statutory guidance from the Department for Education issued under Section 175 of the Education Act 2002, the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014, and the Non-Maintained Special Schools (England) Regulations 2015. Schools and colleges in England must have regard to it when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
The purpose of the Protocol for the management and reporting of sexual abuse and harassment is to provide schools, districts and provinces with standard operating procedures for addressing allegations, and to specifically detail how schools must respond to reports of sexual abuse and harassment perpetrated against learners, educators and other school staff. Schools are mandated to assist victims of sexual abuse and harassment by following standard reporting procedures and through the provision of appropriate support to learners.
The Human Rights Commission has long standing concerns about bullying, violence and abuse within schools. In 2008 the Commission received a complaint from parents of students subjected to bullying, violence and abuse by other students within a secondary school. As the Office of the Children's Commissioner had already begun to consider a comprehensive school safety inquiry, the Human Rights Commission undertook to analyse the human rights issues that arise when students are victimised by their peers. …