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Rotherham report: impact on education

27 August 2014

The independent inquiry into child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Rotherham was published yesterday and whilst education was not singled out for particular criticism, the report is likely to lead to changes in the way schools identify and manage CSE.

CSE will now be higher on the safeguarding agenda. As a result, additional training will be required for safeguarding professionals in schools and we are very likely to see new guidance to replace the four page 2012 guidance from the DfE, which itself refers back to a 96 page guidance document from 2009.

The report made 15 recommendations and whilst education is not specifically referred to, recommendations 5, 6 and 8 – all dealing with the multiagency membership and effective working of joint CSE teams – will impact on schools soon.

Sex education may also be in need of an overhaul to ensure the risks of CSE are adequately covered.

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