Michael Gove urges schools and colleges to watch for signs of abuse

Michael Gove urges schools and colleges to watch for signs of abuse

New warning for staff working with children to look out for signs of sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation, radicalisation, and cyberbullying.

The education secretary, Michael Gove, has written to all schools and colleges in England urging them to be alert for signs of radicalisation and exploitation of students.

In a letter to headteachers, Gove warned that schools and colleges needed to be aware of any type of abuse of children and should not think that it could not happen to them.

He said the government had published advice on different types of abuse and neglect, including child sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation, radicalisation, and cyberbullying, among others.

Gove wrote: “The guidance reiterates that staff members working with children should always think ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned.”

The updated advice said that everyone who dealt with children and their families had a part to play in keeping youngsters safe. “School and college staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating,” it said.

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