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What Is Sexual Abuse By Teachers?

The focus of this blog will look at sexual abuse by teachers and how you can report it safely. Sexual abuse by teachers is when a teacher abuses their position of power to harass or abuse students sexually. 

Sexual abuse by teachers may involve contact or non-contact sexual abuse. Contact sexual abuse can involve the sexual touching of any part of a child’s body using a body part or object to rape or penetrate a child. 

Non-contact sexual abuse by teachers may include a teacher exposing or flashing themselves to a child or exposing them to pornography.

Signs Of Sexual Abuse By Teachers

The following list demonstrates warning signs of sexual abuse by teachers that you should look out for in your children: 

  • Unexplained changes to their behaviour or personality
  • Knowledge of sex that is inappropriate for their age
  • Appearing withdrawn or anxious
  • They don’t want to go to school but can’t tell you why
  • They don’t sleep well
  • Lack of appetite 
  • They have unexplained marks or bruises on their body

If your child demonstrates any of the above, it is not a clear indicator that sexual abuse by teachers is taking place. However, if you have concerns that your child is experiencing sexual abuse at school, report it immediately.

How To Report Sexual Abuse By Teachers

If you are concerned about your child and have suspicions they are experiencing sexual abuse by teachers, you can contact the NSPCC’s Report Abuse in Education helpline on 0800 136 663 or email [email protected]

If you experienced sexual abuse by teachers when you were younger or know a child who has experienced sexual abuse, you might want to put forward a compensation claim. In this case, it is important that you have reported the abuse to the police and have evidence to support your claim.

Click here to learn more about sexual abuse compensation in schools or colleges.

Get In Touch

At Abuse Claims UK, we are experienced solicitors who can help you seek justice for the horrendous abuse you or someone you know has suffered. Every case is different; if you would like to learn more about the claims process and how much money you could be entitled to, please email us at [email protected] give us a call at 0151 433 3592 for a confidential chat.