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Barnardo’s responds to exclusion of pupils for sexual misconduct

Release Date: 09 Aug 2017

Barnardo’s has responded to figures showing that hundreds of school pupils have been either permanently or temporarily excluded in the last four years after being involved in sexual acts.

Data released by local authorities in England shows that children as young as five are among those excluded.

The vast majority of exclusions were on a fixed-term basis, with 14-year-olds the most likely to be involved in sexual misconduct such as watching pornography and sharing indecent images.

There were 754 reported incidents between July 2013 and April 2017, according to the authorities who released information under the Freedom of Information Act.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said:

We know from our prevention work that many children who sexually harm themselves or others, have experienced some form of sexual abuse and trauma.  

They need specialist support to help them recover and understand why their behaviour is harmful. This is particularly important as children and young people are more likely than adults to achieve successful rehabilitation and far less likely to commit further sexual abuse.  

It’s vital all pupils are taught what a healthy relationship looks like so they understand what consent and respect mean. Barnardo’s long campaigned for compulsory age appropriate lessons on relationships and sex education and we believe these will help better protect children when they’re finally introduced in 2019.

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