Understanding Grooming in Schools – Seminar

In March 2014, the FBI informed a London school that they had evidence that a teacher who had left the school the previous year, had abused over 50 pupils whilst leading overseas residential visits. The subsequent Serious Case Review found that staff did not have good understanding of how sex offenders might groom children in schools.

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Serious Case Review – William Vahey
(Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster Local Safeguarding Children Board )

The sexual abuse of children in school is thankfully rare, but we must all keep an open mind and ‘maintain an attitude that it could happen here‘ where safeguarding is concerned’ (Keeping children safe in education 2016, paragraph 19). Unfortunately however, there are many examples where school staff have harmed pupils, both in the past and today.

Do you and your staff know how to recognise the signs of grooming by staff?

Does your school have robust systems in place to support staff who raise concerns?

Do you know how to reduce the opportunities for harm using an effective code of conduct?

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Seminar Content

In this two-hour seminar, specialist safeguarding consultant, Andrew Hall, helps school staff better understand how the grooming process can take place in school and what to do about it. Topics include:

  • Understand how child sex offenders think and operate
  • Recognise the signs of grooming
  • Know how to report concerning behaviours
  • Learn from case studies and serious case reviews
  • Identify barriers to reporting issues
  • Reduce┬ápossible opportunities for abuse
  • Develop a safer culture

This seminar is aimed at all staff and will strengthen their understanding about child sex offenders in education and use their knowledge to create a safer school.

To book this seminar for your staff, call 01223 929269 and talk to Kate, our business manager, or email us at office@successinschools.co.uk .

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