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Published: 13 March 2024

Commentary: Addressing the rise of harmful sexual behaviours in schools

The following expert comment below was written by Dr Emily Setty, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Surrey, about the urgency to address the rise of harmful sexual behaviours in schools:

Dr Emily Setty
Dr Emily Setty

“There's a growing urgency to address the rise of harmful sexual behaviours in schools. Together with University of Bedfordshire and University College London, our new research, funded by ESRC/UKRI, tackles this head-on by examining the relationship between schools, police, and young people themselves.

“This research goes beyond traditional approaches to policing in schools. Our online launch event on 19 March 2024 will present a comprehensive guide of evidence-based methods to prevent and respond to these behaviours and foster safer school cultures through partnership working between police and schools.

“Crucially, we outline the benefits that effective partnership working can have and how to address the deeper-rooted causes of harmful sexual behaviour without resorting to punitive or shaming tactics. This fosters a more open environment where young people feel comfortable seeking help and learning respectful behaviour.

“This online event is a must-attend for those working in education, law enforcement, and child protection. It will equip attendees with practical strategies and the latest research to create a safer learning environment for all students.”


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