Advocate Panel welcome new guidance for schools on tackling sexual harassment

14 December 2017

Girlguiding's Advocates have welcomed the new guidance for schools in England to help tackle sexual harassment and violence.

Imogen, a member of Girlguiding’s Advocate Panel, said:

“This is welcome news and a really important moment for girls and young women. The new guidance for schools in England on sexual violence and sexual harassment is a big step in the right direction to ensure safety for pupils in schools. Until now, sexual harassment in schools hasn’t been taken seriously enough. After the #metoo campaign this feels like another opportunity for people to challenge unacceptable behaviour.
“As one of the organisations calling for this to change and working closely with the Department for Education to develop this guidance, Girlguiding is delighted to see the government bringing light to this all too familiar issue. Girlguiding’s 2017 Girls’ Attitudes Survey found 64% of girls aged 13 -21 have experienced sexual harassment in school in the past year, a rise of 5% since 2014. The guidance, along with Girlguiding’s campaign to end sexual harassment in schools, gives us new hope of making schools around the UK safer for everyone.”