Sexual Abuse in Schools: LGBT+ Pupils

Education – in the House of Commons at 2:36 pm on 21st June 2021.

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Photo of Michael Fabricant Michael Fabricant Conservative, Lichfield 2:36 pm, 21st June 2021

With reference to the report published by Ofsted on 10 June 2021 entitled “Review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges”, what steps his Department is taking to support LGBT+ pupils to report to teachers incidences of harmful sexual behaviour in school.

Photo of Vicky Ford Vicky Ford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Schools are under a legal duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children and must have regard to keeping children safe in education. The guidance is clear that, while anyone can be a victim of abuse, schools should recognise that some groups, including LGBTQ+ pupils, are potentially more at risk.

Photo of Michael Fabricant Michael Fabricant Conservative, Lichfield

I thank my hon. Friend for her answer, but she will know that the Ofsted report identified a huge discrepancy between the knowledge of teachers of incidents that are harmful to young LGBT children and the actual experience of it, so what steps can the Department take to train teachers to recognise how harmful sexual behaviour actually affects LGBT young people?

Photo of Vicky Ford Vicky Ford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Government are committed to working with school leaders, governors and teachers to improve how they can better recognise the effects of sexual harassment and abuse, and better support victims. We expect the issues raised by LGBTQ+ pupils to be addressed as part of this really important work.