The Department for Education has announced a new dedicated helpline to provide support and guidance to adults and children who have experienced sexual harassment or abuse in education.
The confidential helpline is being run by the NSPCC and is available to current or past victims as well as parents, carers or professionals with concerns.
The number is 0800 136 663. The helpline is free and anonymous and will be open Monday to Friday 8am – 10pm and Saturday to Sunday 9am – 6pm.
NSPCC CEO Sir Peter Wanless said:
“The testimonies being shared through Everyone’s Invited are extremely upsetting and underline the urgent need to tackle violence against girls.
“This is a watershed moment thanks to those who have found the courage to speak out which is why we have been commissioned by the Department for Education to set up an independent helpline for children, parents and professionals to seek expert, sensitive advice from the NSPCC and safely report abuse that has happened or is happening in educational settings.
“At least a third of sexual offences against children are committed by other young people and that must be addressed. All children should be able to grow up in a safe community that is free from sexual violence where their rights are respected.
“Creating a culture that fosters healthy relationships and challenges harassment and abuse is integral to this. With the right support for teachers, compulsory relationships and sex education has a pivotal role to play in achieving this. But this issue goes beyond schools and we all have a role to play in keeping children safe.”
You can find out more about the helpline via the NSPCC's website, here.