Everyone's Invited: New Helpline for Students

The NSPCC launches a dedicated helpline for children and young people who have experienced abuse at school in response to thousands of allegations from students across the UK.
Everyone's Invited: New Helpline for Students
By Carli Allan
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A dedicated helpline has been launched in the UK today (April 1) for victims of sexual abuse in schools. The NSPCC helpline, Report Abuse in Education, will provide support and advice to victims of abuse, and concerned adults. It comes after a high number of anonymous testimonials were submitted to the Everyone’s Invited website, documenting abuse in all types of schools, colleges, and universities.

The helpline will offer support to all children and young people, including how to report incidents to the police. The Report Abuse in Education helpline is for anyone who has experienced recent or non-recent abuse, parents and carers who have any concerns about their own or other children, and professionals who work in schools and need support in this or related issues.

Young people and adults can contact the NSPCC helpline, Report Abuse in Education on 0800 136 663 or email help@nspcc.org.uk

Sir Peter Wanless, NSPCC CEO, said:

“The testimonies being shared through Everyone’s Invited are extremely upsetting and underline the urgent need to tackle abuse in education.

"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 DfE to set up a helpline for children, parents and professionals to seek expert, sensitive advice and safely report abuse.

"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.”

The Everyone's Invited website was set up for victims to anonymously post their experiences of sexual harassment in education. It has more than 11,000 posts – some from children as young as nine – relating to cases of sexual abuse at state and independent schools and universities.

The NSPCC helpline was launched alongside the government's immediate review into sexual abuse in schools; England’s education watchdog Ofsted is also looking at safeguarding in both state and independent schools.

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