ColegauCymru is pleased to have contributed to important work into the issue of peer on peer sexual harassment among learners and is committed to supporting the FE sector to ensure a safe learning environment for all.
We welcome the recommendations made by the Welsh Parliament Children, Young People and Education Committee report - Everybody's Affected - and are supportive of any steps to help keep learners safe, including important steps on data collection and reporting.
In our consultation response, ColegauCymru made suggestions on how to practically approach some of the challenges currently facing our colleges, raising some of the issues around data collection and analysis, while emphasising the need for a holistic approach to this issue.
We were also encouraged by the engagement of the Committee with Coleg Cambria learners, providing an insight into the concerns and experiences of learners right now, which has subsequently informed some of the recommendations.
ColegauCymru Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Dr Rachel Bowen, said
“The issues raised in this report are serious and it is important that the education sector as a whole places renewed emphasis on keeping learners safe, free from sexual harassment, and ensuring that everyone can thrive.
We believe that all learners have the right to world-class education, delivered in a safe, diverse and inclusive setting and within a sector which supports the wider community, employers and the economy.
We’re committed to working with The Children, Young People and Education Committee and other stakeholders to ensure that our further education institutions are safe and enjoyable places in which to learn.”
Welsh Parliament Children, Young People in Education Committee
Everybody’s affected: Peer on peer sexual harassment among learners