Ensure risk assessments, including those around digital technologies are up to date
Remind staff, parents and pupils about behavioural and acceptable use policies in place and the establishments’ expectations around behaviour
Make use of anonymous reporting mechanisms to enable communities to have a safe space to speak out in confidence, without threat of harm.
Be open to critical discussion around establishment culture. Ensure that underrepresented groups are consulted (e.g. when discussing an establishment approach to VAWG (Violence against women and girls), ensure female staff and students are involved and can help shape appropriate change)
Take allegations of misconduct/ abuse seriously by following establishment procedure for investigating and reporting/ responding to incidents. Review our article about allegations of abuse or malpractice
Call out misogynistic and victim blaming rhetoric that perpetuates violence on and offline whilst addressing this in line with establishment policies
Respond to common placed victim blaming rhetoric around sexual violence by reframing the narrative to focus on perpetrator behaviour. The Welsh Violence Prevent Unit’s Statement on Male Violence against Women is a great place to start
What About If Something Has Already Happened?
If someone is at immediate risk of physical harm, contact the emergency services on 999. The police are the right people to respond to this
If someone is being assaulted, contact the emergency services on 999. The police are the right people to respond to this
If you or someone you’re supporting has experienced sexual violence, contact Rape Crisis for further emotional support
A reminder that duty of care to all who attend extends beyond the establishments gates and is about providing holistic support. As such, safeguarding processes need to be followed where there is negative impact or a potential to cause issues during school hours
Ensure establishment incident management processes are followed
Respond in accordance with relevant establishment guidance
If any of the discussions surrounding this topic have been triggering for you, there are people who can and will help. You can talk to your GP to source local support and/ or find other sources of support on our helplines websites
If you have any other concerns you wish to discuss then please contact us