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1 SCHOOLS SAFE 4 GIRLS - Questionnaire for schools What is this questionnaire for? Schools have a critical role to play in helping young people to develop healthy attitudes and behaviours, as well as identifying and supporting young people at risk of and experiencing abuse. You may want to use this questionnaire, or parts of it, to start a conversation with your school about how they can improve students safety and support. You may want to ask your school to complete the questionnaire to identify any gaps in school policy and practice. Use the questionnaire in conjunction with other items in our Schools Safe 4 Girls campaign pack which includes Factsheets setting out facts about violence against women and girls (VAWG) and school obligations, as well as template letters to schools, MPs etc. Definition The UN definition of violence against women and girls (VAWG) is; violence that is directed against a woman, because she is a woman, or violence that affects women disproportionately. It includes acts that inflict physical, mental or sexual harm or suffering, threats of such acts, coercion and other deprivations of liberty. This includes intimate partner violence including in teenage relationships, rape and sexual violence, sexual harassment and bullying, child sexual abuse, trafficking and sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, honour based violence and serious youth violence. Questions 1. Is VAWG covered in policies such as bullying, behaviour, safe-guarding and child protection? Y/N 2. If Yes, which policies?

2 3. Do you have specific policies on VAWG? Y/N 4. If yes, do they cover (please tick as many as appropriate) Intimate Partner Violence (including in teenage relationships) Rape and Sexual Violence Sexual Harassment and Bullying (including sexting and cyber-bullying) Child Sexual Abuse Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation (including Grooming) Female Genital Mutilation Forced Marriage Honour based violence

3 5. Do you have a policy on serious youth violence that involves VAWG? Y/N 6. If you do not have specific polices on VAWG can you tell me what the barriers are to developing them? 7. Are these issues covered in other policies? 8. Is there a designated school lead on VAWG? Y/N 9. If yes, what position does this person hold? 10. Are there barriers to doing VAWG work? Y/N 11. If yes, what are the barriers? 12. Do you include VAWG in the curriculum eg PSHE, SRE, Citizenship or other part of the curriculum? Y/N 13. If yes, which parts of the curriculum? 14. Have you had any incidents or complaints of VAWG in the last 12 months? This might include incidents on or off school premises, on school trips, and may involve teachers, staff or students. Y/N 15. If yes, was this (please tick as many as are appropriate): Intimate Partner Violence (including in teenage relationships) Rape or Sexual Violence Sexual Harassment and Bullying (including sexting and cyber-bullying) Child Sexual Abuse Trafficking or Sexual Exploitation (including Grooming) Female Genital Mutilation Forced Marriage Honour Based Violence Serious Youth Violence that involved VAWG 16. Do you offer support to students who are currently or have in the past experienced abuse? Y/N 17. If yes, what support do you offer?

4 18. Do you offer support to staff who are currently or have in the past experienced abuse? Y/N 19. If yes, what support do you offer? 20. Do you record all incidents of VAWG? Y/N 21. Do your teachers and other staff have ongoing training around VAWG? Y/N 22. If yes, what does this training involve? 23. Do you involve any of the following in your work on VAWG: Students Y/N Parents Y/N Women s groups Y/N Other outside experts Y/N 24. Do you actively address VAWG as a whole school issue for example through: (please tick as many as are appropriate) Assemblies Events Community work Lesson plans Other (please specify) 25. Have you received any information about VAWG from these sources? (please tick as many as are appropriate) Local authority Department for Education Home Office Other government department (please specify) Community group 26. Where do you access up to date information about VAWG? (Please tick as many as are appropriate) Government website NGO website Other internet sites Newspapers Specialist education media Other (please specify)

5 27. Are you aware of any obligations under the Public Sector Equality Duty and Human Rights Act in relation to VAWG? Y/N 28. If yes, what do you think these obligations are? 29. Did you know that there is a Central Government violence against women and girls strategy that has preventing VAWG as one of its objectives? Y/N 30. Were you aware of the Home Office s teenage relationship abuse campaign This is Abuse? Y/N 31. Have you heard of other campaigns? Y/N 32. If yes, how did you become aware of them? 33. Have you used any in school? Y/N 34. Are local or national campaigns useful for teachers or students? Y/N 35. Please tell me which ones you have found useful and which ones you have not found useful. 36. Does your school record and evaluate its work around VAWG as part of its SEF (School Evaluation Form) or school evaluation process? Y/N 37. Is there anything else you would like to say about school responses to violence against women and girls? Thank you very much for taking the time to complete this questionnaire.

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