The DBE is currently conducting advocacy workshops in the various provinces on the newly developed Protocol for the Management and Reporting of Sexual Abuse and Harassment in Schools. These workshops have already taken place in seven provinces, with engagements in the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga Provinces scheduled to take place during November 2018. Through the development of the Protocol, the Department is fully committed to reporting and rooting out sexual abuse and harassment in schools. Schools are expected to be safe havens for learners to reach their full potential.
The Protocol has been developed to equip the DBE, the Provincial Education Departments (PEDs), District Offices and School Management Teams (SMTs), with the necessary guidelines to manage and effectively report all incidences of sexual abuse and harassment, as mandated by the Sexual Offences and Related Matters Amendment (SORMAA) Act 32 0f 2007. The Protocol will further ensure an appropriate and timely response to cases of sexual abuse and harassment perpetrated against learners. The Protocol was developed by the Department, together with UNICEF and UNESCO during 2017.