Data released by forces in England and Wales showed an increase of abuse of so-called child-on-child by 71%. Figures obtained by BBC’s Panorama showed that 74% reported between April 2014 and May 2017 resulted in no further action with 225 alleged rapes (out of 2,625 reported sexual offences) happening on school premises, including primary school playgrounds.
Further figures showed that offences by children aged 10 and under had more than doubled from 2013-2014 to 2016-2017.
Whilst government claims schools have a legal duty to report such allegations of sexual assaults on children by adults, there is no such duty when a child is accused of sexual assault. The advice given is for the school to follow their own child protection procedures, however the Department of Education told Panorama that sexual assault is a crime and any allegation should be reported to the police.