Families of children attacked or harassed by other pupils are dismayed by lengthy delays in issuing guidelines to schools
Lawyers acting for families whose children have been victims of rape, sexual assault and harassment by fellow school pupils have stepped up action against the education secretary, Justine Greening, with a letter threatening judicial review proceedings.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission is funding a legal challenge against the education secretary, which accuses her of failing to act to protect children from sexual abuse and harassment by their classmates, the Guardian has learned.
A report published a year ago by MPs on the women and equalities committee revealed shocking levels of sexual abuse and harassment of schoolgirls who complained it was a part of daily life, often dismissed as “banter” by some staff.
Ministers have since accepted the need for fresh guidance to schools on how to handle allegations of rape, abuse and harassment between pupils, but families of victims are horrified at the delay in releasing the new guidance, which might not come into force until September 2018.