Tackling sexual harassment and abuse in all schools
The Safeguarding Partnership Board (SPB) has published an independent learning review into the handling of allegations of misogyny, sexism and sexual abuse, raised by older students at Jersey College for Girls (JCG), citing alleged actions by some students at Victoria College.
A survey was conducted anonymously, in March 2021, by some senior JCG students, following the reaction to the murder of Sarah Everard and the allegations about sexual harassment in schools and colleges in England.
An independent review was later commissioned by the Safeguarding Partnership Board to examine the way in which the anonymous allegations were handled and to share the lessons learned.
The full independent learning review, “You Couldn’t Avoid It” by authors John Harris and Dr Susan Tranter has been shared with all schools and colleges in the Island and can be accessed via the link below.
There is a range of support available for young people who may be affected by the issues raised in the report, which includes:
- The YES project (Youth Enquiry Service) offers information, advice and counselling for Young People up to 25 years old. It is free to call on 0800 7350 010 and is open from 12pm – 8pm every day – Youth Enquiry Service (yes.je)
- School Based Counsellors are able to provide advice in schools. More information is available via the Government of Jersey website
- Kooth Jersey provides a safe, moderated and non-judgmental place for young people to talk, connect and chat with others and know they are not alone. The service offers drop-in or bookable sessions with professional counsellors between 12pm and 10pm on weekdays and between 6pm and 10pm on weekends. Young people can access Kooth by visiting www.kooth.com and selecting ‘Jersey Kooth’ during the sign up process
- The Children and Families Hub offers support and help for safeguarding concerns. Please call the hub on 519000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dewberry House, Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) provides emotional support, medical care, and long term practical support to anyone impacted by any type of sexual offenses. They are available via a 24 hour helpline (01534 888222) and via www.dewberryhouse.je
- Jersey Action Against Rape (JAAR) offers specialised counselling to victims of sexual assault recent and historic. They have a confidential helpline (01534 482800) or visit JAAR – Jersey Action Against Rape
- A Young Person’s Independent Sexual Violence Advisor can be contacted on 01534 441935 and more information is available at Jersey Domestic Abuse Support (jdas.je)
- If a child or young person is at immediate risk call the police on 999 – States of Jersey Police (jersey.police.uk)