Inquiry publishes literature review on residential schools

22 November 2018

The Inquiry has published a literature review of published research on child sexual abuse in residential and non-residential schools.

The review covers five key areas:

  • Pupils attending residential schools.
  • Standards for keeping children safe from sexual abuse in schools in England and Wales.
  • The scale and nature of child sexual abuse
    in schools, including a specific focus on peer on peer abuse within
    schools, the perpetrators of abuse and the victims of abuse.
  • The factors that influence the incidence of, and responses to, child sexual abuse in schools.
  • Examples of, and research evidence in relation to, unsuccessful safeguarding measures and positive approaches adopted by schools.

This review will provide context for research commissioned by
the Inquiry into schools. It will explore the role of residential
schools (both residential special schools and mainstream schools) in
England and Wales in safeguarding children from child sexual abuse.  

This primary research will feed into the Inquiry’s residential schools legal investigation
that is investigating the nature and extent of, and institutional
responses to, child sexual abuse in residential schools, including
schools in the state and independent sectors and schools for children
with disabilities and / or special educational needs.

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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