Help for schools
We support schools and education staff to prevent and respond to harmful sexual behaviour.
This includes behaviour that can harm either the young person themselves or another person. It can range from inappropriate through to problematic, abusive and violent. Research suggests that under-18s are responsible for around one third of sexual offences against children and young people in the UK.
Our confidential helpline can give:
- advice, support and information, whether you are a teacher who has spotted inappropriate sexual behaviour in the classroom or designated safeguarding lead managing a particularly difficult case
- free one-hour call backs with specialist schools practitioners who can help you to manage incidents of harmful sexual behaviour and also offer expert advice on working with children and young people with special educational needs
- up to three hours free consultancy for schools who need extra support to respond to harmful sexual behaviour, which might involve more detailed safety planning work for individual students, twilight staff training sessions, or parent/student workshops
- information about our training and assessments, interventions and consultancy
Our Everyone’s Safer project
In January 2022, supported by the KPMG Foundation, we launched a three-year action research project to develop effective leadership responses to harmful sexual behaviour in schools. Based in the West Midlands and surrounding counties we work with up to 10 secondary schools per year, collaborating with school leaders to identify changes and activities that would help prevent future harmful sexual behaviours in their school communities. Dr Emily Setty at the University of Surrey is working with us to evaluate the project and analyse common themes that emerge.
What we learn from the project will help increase the knowledge, resources, and tools available to schools, promoting a preventative approach to stop abuse before it happens.
Read our year one report here.
Read our shorter Faithfull Paper here.
We will share the findings and resources developed with local and national school networks, providing practical support to schools beyond those directly involved in the project. The project will effectively influence both local and national policy, with the learning being shared with key stakeholders in the field of education, helping to shape key guidance documents and making schools safer places for children and young people.
Understanding sexual behaviour in children
We’ve made a series of guides to help you:
- tell if a child’s sexual behaviour is appropriate for their age, or if it could harm them or other people
- prevent harmful sexual behaviour
- work out the next steps if a young person gets into trouble for their online sexual behaviour
Working with education staff and child protection charities, we’ve made a range of safety plan templates to help professionals to manage incidents of harmful sexual behaviour in schools. We adapted these plans from a version originally created by NSPCC practitioners in Stoke.
These school safety plan templates have been adapted by The Lucy Faithfull Foundation from a version originally created by NSPCC practitioners in Stoke.
Before completing a safety plan, we recommend reading this guidance from the Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse, and their guides to communicating with children who may have been affected by sexually abused and to supporting parents affected by child sexual abuse.
Department for Education guidance
Keeping children safe in education:
Working together to safeguard children:
What to do if you are worried a child is being abused:
HSB basic safeguarding checklist:
A whole-school approach to safer schools
CEOP Education – Respecting me, you, us: building healthy relationships and creating positive cultures:
Respectful school communities:
Protective Behaviours (personal safety and abuse prevention):