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At the end of January we published our Low-Level Concerns guidance which involved collaboration with numerous stakeholders who share an interest in developing such an approach. Here we share with you "Child Sexual Abuse in Schools: lessons from history, guidance for the future", which has been published by the Independent Schools Council. The guidance has been the result of a collaboration between Farrer & Co, Jan Pickles OBE and Sarah Fletcher, and you will find details about the authors in the guidance itself. The idea behind it, which I very much attribute to Sarah Fletcher, was to gather the thoughts of some leading practitioners who have been involved in looking at cases of non-recent CSA in schools with a view to drawing out some of the recurring themes which schools today can use to stress test their current operations and culture.

The guidance is not intended to be definitive. It would be impossible for it to be so. But it is an attempt to further schools’ understanding of this important subject. It should also be said that although the themes have largely been drawn from a schools context, they are pretty much of unilateral application across different sectors. Please feel free to share.

Click here to read the full guidance.


If you require further information about anything covered in this briefing, please contact David Smellie, or your usual contact at the firm on +44 (0)20 3375 7000.

This publication is a general summary of the law. It should not replace legal advice tailored to your specific circumstances.

© Farrer & Co LLP, February 2020

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