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The ONLY weekly voice for secondary education Issue 238 • February 4 2010 Price £1.00


The figures that will
Global citizenship
shock all teachers
in Wootton Bassett
Wootton Bassett has become
spend a lot of their time, teachers
famous as the town that on
by Ben Whisson
and school staff are among the best
a weekly basis honours the
placed to pick up on signs of abuse.
• Police record 60
repatriation of soldiers killed in
Teachers and school staff are being “Teachers need to be aware that
Afghanistan. But what impact
urged to be “vigilant and supportive” a small but significant number of
after police figures revealed that children in their school may have
does this have on the local
child sex offences
more than 21,000 child sex offences been sexually abused,” he said.
school, especially in relation to
were recorded last year – an average “There is no set of signs to identify
the global dimension? of 60 per day. them, but teachers should be vigilant every day
Page 13 The shocking statistics have been for changes in a child’s behaviour,
published after an investigation by such as aggression, regular absence,
the NSPCC, and cover all sexual or stress and withdrawal.”
• 21,618 sexual
offences recorded against those One teacher, who asked to
aged under 18 in 2008/09. remain nameless, told SecEd that
offences against
Based on data gathered from he would like to see more full-time
all 43 police forces across England school-based officers employed
and Wales, the findings showed that to deal with child protection and children last year
three quarters of victims were aged offer support, claiming that recent
between 10 and 17, one in seven incidents involving students at his
were younger than 10, while around own school had caused considerable
• 75 per cent of
Global dimension 1,000 were aged five and under. disruption.
The report also found that the In response, Mr Cloke said
We continue our focus on the number of incidents where the that as well as teaching children,
cases involved
global dimension this week offender knew the victim was teachers have a pastoral duty,
with a look at the support
four times higher than the number and they should know how to
children aged
offered by DEA and some
involving strangers. respond appropriately if they
ideas for how this crucial
Describing the statistics as have concerns. He added: “They
a “shocking picture”, the charity should be familiar with policies and 10 to 17
aspect of education can be
warned that the true extent of the procedures and make a professional
Posed by model
embedded across different
problem could be far worse, with assessment of the issues with the
subjects many offences not being reported. school’s designated child protection have regular training in child responsibility of teachers, it was about it, the girl found it difficult to
Pages 8 and 9
NSPCC head of child protection representative. protection that equips them with important for schools to have speak out.
awareness, Chris Cloke, claimed that “However, the aspect of training the knowledge needed.” large support teams in place In a bid to raise awareness and
SecEd digital
because schools are where children is very important – all staff should Ray Tarleton, principal at South to cover the range of potential provide support to children who
Dartmoor Community College in issues that children bring to their might find themselves in a similar
Devon, said that all staff at his attention. position, the NSPCC is encouraging
and Twitter
Child sex offences: The shocking statistics
school are given awareness training “In addition, we have ever- child abuse information and teaching
• Young people aged under 18 were victims of sex crimes,
as part of Safeguarding and child closer working relationships to be introduced to the curriculum.
Thousands of teachers are including rape, gross indecency and incest, on 21,618 occasions
protection legislation. with external agencies including Mr Cloke said: “As part of
reading SecEddigital, a virtual during 2008/09.
He said: “(Staff are encouraged education welfare officers, PSHE, students should be taught
to) listen and accept, try not to counsellors, Youth Offending about appropriate relationships,
edition of SecEd, which is
• Girls are six times more likely than boys to be the victims of a
interrupt, tell the child they were Teams, Child and Adolescent including respect and treatment,
emailed out every week.
sex crime. right to inform them, make accurate Mental Health Services, outlining what qualifies as abusive.
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• The number of incidents where the offender knew the victim was
notes using the child’s words, and Connexions, and the new parent Sometimes there are no signs, but
four times higher than those involving strangers.
inform the designated member support advisors,” he said. if students are experiencing abuse,
SecEd news and features are
• One in seven of the victims (3,035) were younger than 10 years
of staff for child protection. A case highlighted by the NSPCC then they should know that they can
now also available on Twitter.
They’re also told not to promise described one young girl whose and should speak to someone.”
of age.
confidentiality, and not to ask experiences of sexual abuse went Visit
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• In more than three out of four cases, the offences were leading questions.” unnoticed for four years between
committed against 10 to 17-year-olds.
He added that while child the age of seven and 11. Feeling • See page 6 editorial: The shocking
welfare was not specifically the uncomfortable and unwilling to talk scale of sexual abuse.
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