Allegations of school abuse can be the "tip of the iceberg" as police warn of crimes that may have been covered up

Allegations of sexual assault and harassment by private students schools which have exploded online in the past few days could be the "tip of the iceberg," a senior police officer has warned.

Simon Bailey, the head of the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) on Child Protection, also said he feared such abuse would be tolerated or covered up in some cases.

It comes after thousands of people posted allegations of sexual assault, harassment and rape on the Everyone Is Invited website. The NPCC, Home Office, and Department of Education (DfE) are working with the site's organizers to assist those who compile the reports.

"I think this is the tip of the iceberg considering the number of testimonials that are now being recorded on the site," said Bailey The daily telegraph. "This will be the next big scandal."

He said some schools may be covering up attacks by their students and telling BBC Radio 4 about them today Program: “I don't have any evidence of this at the moment, but I think it's a reasonable assumption.

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