Course Duration: 170 minutes (approx.)
Designated safeguarding leads (DSLs) and their deputies should take a lead role and use their professional judgement when responding to reports of sexual violence and sexual harassment. They should have the necessary training and skills in order to effectively support a culture where sexual harassment and online sexual abuse are not tolerated, and where they identify issues and intervene early to better protect children and young people.
This Essential CPD course provides you with the core content you need to understand your statutory safeguarding requirements around sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools.
Split into bite-sized modules, the training has been designed to provide maximum learning potential in the leanest, most cost-effective and most time-efficient manner. It has been produced in high-quality remote video CPD format which is accessible on any device, any time, anywhere.
Developed by Lorna Ponambalum, safeguarding expert and senior leadership education professional, the course is split into five modules. The course consists of learning through video modules, completion of tasks, further reading and viewing external resources. Please consider this when planning and allocating your time. To successfully understand and achieve the objectives from the course, learners are expected to engage in all aspects of the learning process and complete all relevant activities to ensure they can successfully apply the knowledge and skills they have gained in their own setting.
Designed in line with the following policies:
- Keeping children safe in education
- Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges
- Sharing Nudes and Semi-Nudes: Advice for Education Settings Working with Children and Young People
- Recognising your statutory requirements and legal duties to protect children from sexual violence and sexual harassment.
- Understanding how to implement effective preventative strategies to discourage incidents of sexual abuse at school.
- Recognising how to create a whole-school safeguarding approach to support students who have experienced or are experiencing sexual violence or sexual harassment.
- Identifying best practice procedures for handling disclosures and ensuring the correct steps are followed to ensure each report is treated fairly.
- Understanding what the various types of sexual violence and sexual harassment are and how to identify them.
Module 1: What is meant by sexual violence and sexual harassment?
Module one explores the evidence surrounding sexual violence and sexual harassment, the definitions of sexual violence and sexual harassment and what is meant by harmful sexual behaviour.
Module 2: What is the legislation and guidance?
Module two will discuss what the statutory guidance and legislation is relating to sexual violence and sexual harassment and consider the principles of contextual safeguarding.
Module 3: How to respond to sexual violence and sexual harassment
Module three looks at how to respond to disclosures, case studies relating to harmful sexual behaviour and what actions to take on the discovery of youth-produced sexual imagery (sexting).
Module 4: How to offer support and create a safe environment
Module four explores school’s safeguarding duties, the implementation of successful preventative strategies and how to support a whole-school ethos which doesn’t tolerate any form or sexual violence or harassment.
Module 5: What is the role of the designated safeguarding lead?
Module five will look at the role of DSLs in developing a whole school culture which safeguards children against sexual harassment and sexual violence.