Sexual harassment and violence in schools - Protecting our children through the formative years and beyond

TUESDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2016

COSLA CONFERENCE CENTRE, CENTRAL EDINBURGH

ONE-DAY CONFERENCE

Event Outline

Chaired by the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland, Tam Baillie, this training conference will explore:

  • The scale of sexual harassment and misogynistic attitudes in our schools within the wider context of a sexually-toxic youth culture
  • The impact this has on our children and young people
  • Measures and responses to address the issue and the critical role of sex and relationship education in helping reduce prevalence
  • Shared experiences and good practice that can be taken forward in our schools
  • How we can help parents and carers offer effective guidance and support.

Earlier this year, the House of Commons ‘Women and Equalities Committee’ launched the first Parliamentary inquiry into the scale and impact of ‘Sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools’. The subsequent Committee report – published in September 2016 – ‘exposed the shocking scale of sexual harassment and sexual violence that is not being tackled effectively in English schools’. The report outlined evidence that ‘almost a third (29%) of 16-18 year old girls say they have experienced unwanted sexual touching at school; nearly three-quarters (71%) of all 16-18 year old boys and girls say they hear terms such as “slut” or “slag” used towards girls at schools on a regular basis; and 59% of girls and young women aged 13-21 said in 2014 that they had faced some form of sexual harassment at school or college in the past year’.

In support of the inquiry the charity, Fixers, undertook research into the topic. Their subsequent report concluded that sexualised behaviour is the new social norm in young people’s daily lives. These findings chimed with recent research from Girlguiding UK which reported that 75% of girls and young women said anxiety about potentially experiencing sexual harassment affects their lives in some way. The same survey found that 90% of young women aged 13-21 agree that the government should make sure all schools are addressing sexual harassment and bullying in schools. Data published last Autumn showed that 5,500 sexual offences were recorded in UK schools over a three year period – at least a fifth of which were carried out by children, so called ‘peer-on-peer’ abuse.

Featuring a keynote address from Maggie Morgan, author of Fixers’ report on ‘The Trouble With Sex in Schools’, this event will focus on the scale of sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools and how we, in Scotland, can address this issue and prevent it from continuing to undermine our younger generation’s sense of safety, feeling of self-confidence and perception of positive, healthy and respectful relationships.

Supported by

Speakers

Tam Baillie

Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland

Maggie Morgan

Director of Communications & Stakeholder Engagement, Fixers

Chief Inspector Graham Goulden

Mentors in Violence Prevention Scheme, The Scottish Violence Reduction Unit

Lesley Walker

Senior Health Promotion Specialist - Healthy Respect, NHS Lothian

Mary Sharpe

Chief Executive, The Reward Foundation

Jenny Kemp

National Officer (Education and Equality), EIS

Amy Marshall

Development Officer (Educators and Employers), Zero Tolerance

Nadine Jassat

Sexual violence prevention worker, Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre

Agenda

09:00-09:30     Registration and morning refreshments

09:30-09:40     Chair’s Welcome and Introduction
Tam Baillie, Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland

Session 1: Scale and impact

09:40-10:10     Young people’s voices

  • Establishing the scale and impact of sexual harassment and sexual violence in our schools – looking at the research used by The Commons Women and Equalities Select Committee to launch their Parliamentary inquiry into the topic earlier this year
  • The voice of young people – what do they want to see change in their sex education classes?
  • How can Government realise these objectives?

Maggie Morgan, Director of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement, Fixers

10:10-10:40     The Adolescent Brain Meets Internet Pornography

  • Harms from Internet Pornography
  • Risk of Addiction
  • Prevention and recovery strategies

Mary Sharpe, Chief Executive, The Reward Foundation & Dr Darryl Mead, Chair, The Reward Foundation

10:40-11:00     Opportunities for questions and discussion

11:00-11:20     Tea and coffee break, opportunities for networking

Session 2: Engaging young people

11:20-12:20     Dealing with a sexually toxic climate – engaging bystanders in the prevention of abuse

  • Leadership as a tool supporting violence prevention
  • The impact of mass media on defining relationships
  • Building relationships to support learning

Chief Inspector Graham Goulden, Mentors in Violence Prevention Scheme, The Scottish Violence Reduction Unit

12:20-13:00    Panel and audience discussion: “Engaging and educating young people – taking this forward in our schools”

Featuring:

  • Lesley Walker, Senior Health Promotion Specialist – Healthy Respect, NHS Lothian
  • Jenny Kemp, National Officer Education and Equality, EIS
  • Mary Sharpe, Chief Executive, The Reward Foundation
  • Isla Whateley, Girlguiding Scotland
  • Tam Baillie, Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland

13:00-13:40     Lunch and opportunities for networking

Session 3: Education and positive practice

13:40-14:00     The role of the NHS

  • “How can the NHS assist teachers and pupils to ensure young people are being given up-to-date and relevant sex and relationship education?”

Lesley Walker, Senior Health Promotion Specialist – Healthy Respect, NHS Lothian

14:00-14:10     Opportunities for questions and discussion

14:10-14:30     Are we getting it right for girls? The dangerous consequences of misogynistic attitudes among children and young people

  • The current picture in Scottish education regarding misogynistic attitudes
  • Links between misogyny and sexual violence and abuse
  • Drivers for positive practice

Jenny Kemp, National Officer Education and Equality, EIS

14:30-14:50     Educating the early years to prevent violence in later years

  • Gender stereotypes and their links to sexual violence and abuse
  • Primary prevention across the life course
  • A whole schools approach to education

Amy Marshall, Development Officer, Zero Tolerance

14:50-15:15    Educating and Empowering: Young People’s Participation in Sexual Violence Prevention work

  • Insight into Rape Crisis sexual violence prevention work delivered in schools in Scotland
  • Working with young people to engage their participation in preventing sexual violence
  • The need for young people’s voices to be central to the interventions aimed at them
  • Resources made by and for young people on sexual violence; and the impact of these nationally

Nadine Jassat, Sexual violence prevention worker, Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre

15:15-15:25     Opportunities for questions and discussion

15:25-15:30     Chair’s closing remarks

Venue

Hosted by

COSLA Conference Centre
Verity House

19 Haymarket Yards
Edinburgh
EH12 5BH

t: 0131 474 9200

www.cosla.gov.uk/conference_centre