Jersey College for Girls and Victoria College have written a joint letter to parents because of concerns about 'the experience of some students' amid allegations of sexual abuse in schools across England.
Thousands of pupils shared their experiences of assault and misogyny in the classroom on an anonymous website called 'Everyone's Invited', with the UK government announcing a major review to look into safeguarding throughout education.
In a statement, Chief Minister Senator John Le Fondre, who is the acting Children's Minister, says the Children's Department is investigating whether these 'safeguarding issues' are prevalent in Jersey schools.
"I have instructed officers to step up support for young people who may be affected, which includes the free and confidential helpline below from the Youth Enquiry Service.
"There is already a range of support available for young people through the Jersey Youth Service, Kooth Jersey and the Children and Families Hub. Over the Easter holidays the Jersey Youth Enquiry Service free and confidential helpline will be open every day for any young person who has concerns."
Support is available through:
- The YES Project - 0800 7350 010
- Kooth Jersey - kooth.com
- The Children and Families Hub - 519000 / email@example.com
- The UK NSPCC Helpline - 0800 136 663 / firstname.lastname@example.org
If a child is at immediate risk, call 999.