A statement from the Independent Schools Council on behalf of its eight member Associations; HMC - the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference, Girls’ Schools Association, the Independent Association of Prep Schools, the Independent Schools Association, the Society of Heads, the Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools, the Independent Schools’ Bursars Association and the Council of British International Schools.
“The safety and welfare of the young people in their charge is the first and most important responsibility of our schools. The abuse of trust by a small number of predatory individuals is a matter of the very deepest regret. While these cases are largely historic, this does not in any way lessen the anguish felt by the innocent victims. Over the last 20 years independent schools have taken a key and active part in developing the present stringent regulatory regime, including detailed safeguarding procedures and regular inspection. Safeguarding now has the absolute primacy in our schools which it so obviously deserves.”