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In a pivotal move towards safeguarding our educational spaces, Safeline hosted a seminar on October 26, 2023, in Warwick. Representatives from the Home Office Child Sexual Abuse Unit and the Department for Education attended the seminar. The primary focus was on Safeline’s highly successful Prevention & Early Intervention (PEI) projects. The projects are strategically designed to mitigate sexual harassment and abuse within school environments.

Safeline welcomed Felicia Olasope and Michelle Walker from the Home Office Tackling Child Abuse Unit, alongside Cynthia Davies, Designated Safeguarding and Learning Division at the Department for Education.

Within the seminar, our PEI team showcased a comprehensive array of interventions that they have implemented with success throughout Warwickshire. The positive impact of these interventions was underscored by testimonials from esteemed educators, including Claire Harwood, Assistant Headteacher at Southam College, and Laura Bindley, Dedicated Safeguarding Lead and Assistant Headteacher at Avon Valley School in Rugby.

Colin Walker, Head of Prevention and Early Intervention Services at Safeline, stated, “We were delighted to host this meeting and discuss our highly effective interventions targeted at reducing all forms of sexual harassment and sexual abuse in schools and the wider community. It was a fantastic opportunity to share best practice with key stakeholders.”

This collaborative effort reflects Safeline’s commitment to fostering safe and secure learning environments. By engaging with crucial stakeholders, Safeline continues to play a pivotal role in shaping strategies that address and prevent sexual abuse in schools. The seminar stands as a testament to the collective dedication of educators, policymakers, and organizations like Safeline in ensuring the well-being of our students and creating safer spaces for learning.

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