Programmes to Help Schools Handle Sexual Assault

Published Date: 07 November 2016 12:00 AM

News Parliamentary Replies

Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Mr Chen Show Mao, Aljunied GRC

Question

To ask the Acting Minister for Education (Schools) what are the programmes to help (i) schools handle sexual assault and harassment in schools and (ii) students, teachers, and staff understand their rights in cases of sexual assault and harassment.

Response

1. Students learn about personal safety and protection from sexual exploitation and abuse in MOE’s Sexuality Education curriculum. They are taught how to recognise sexual abuse and harassment, acquire skills to protect themselves both in real life and online, and understand the laws in Singapore that protect them. They also learn that they have the right to safety and protection and to seek help from trusted adults, such as their parents, teachers and school counsellors.

2. Teachers look out for signs of distress in students and refer them to the school counsellor or other professional support where necessary. Suspected cases of sexual abuse are managed sensitively. Guidelines are provided by Child Protection Services, Ministry of Social and Family Development, for reporting such cases, and MOE and schools work closely with Child Protection Services to support affected students.

3. For teachers and staff who experienced harassment or abuse at work, they are advised to seek the support and guidance of their school leaders. Those who are psychologically or emotionally affected will be supported by professional counsellors. MOE takes a serious view of any inappropriate conduct that is committed against our teachers and staff, and will investigate and take the appropriate action in each and every case.

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