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Avoiding Harassment & Victimisation in School - 18 November 2021

Following the #MeToo movement and the publication of Ofsted’s findings from its thematic review of sexual abuse in education, there has been increasing focus on harassment and sexual harassment in schools

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Avoiding Harassment & Victimisation in School

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Following the #MeToo movement, testimonials on the “Everyone’s Invited” website and the publication of Ofsted’s findings from its thematic review of sexual harassment and abuse in education, there has been increasing focus on harassment and sexual harassment in schools. In this briefing we will consider schools’ duties and obligations as employers to ensure their staff do not face any form of harassment or victimisation in the workplace with particular emphasis on their statutory duties under the Equality Act 2010.

We will discuss the reasonable steps schools might be expected to take in order to prevent harassment from occurring and when and how schools may be able to avoid liability for acts of harassment carried out by their staff under the “all reasonable steps” defence.

We will discuss the legal definitions of harassment, sexual harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 (including the extended definitions of harassment by association and harassment by perception) and will consider ACAS guidance and the technical guidance issued by the Equality and Human Rights Commission which is likely to form the basis of a future statutory Code of Practice in this area.

We will look at examples, with reference to case law, of what might amount to unlawful behaviour, irrespective of the intention or motive of the perpetrator and will discuss “workplace banter”, what this could include and how this might be unlawful.

We will give some practical advice on how to deal with allegations of harassment and how to support victims and will advise on policies schools should have in place and what they should include.

We will consider some tricky issues including when harassment might amount to criminal behaviour, how to deal with anonymous complaints and dealing with complaints coupled with a request that no action should be taken.

This briefing will also touch upon schools’ equality duties to pupils, discussing some of the specific issues relating to harassment and sexual harassment highlighted by Ofsted’s thematic review. We will look at the overlap between equality law and safeguarding and summarise the measures announced by the DfE. We will finish by reviewing progress and highlighting some of the changes to date including changes to the Ofsted school inspection handbook and the DfE’s statutory guidance for schools on Keeping Children Safe in Education.

This training session will be delivered by HR managers Laura Clark and Evette Hudson. Laura leads the HR and People Equality Group and Evette is a DSL and safeguarding lead for the HR and People Team. The training is a must for Headteachers, senior leaders and governors and for those with safeguarding responsibilities.

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The training is a must for Headteachers, senior leaders and governors and for those with safeguarding responsibilities.

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