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Peer on peer abuse.

All children and young people are capable of abusing their peers. This can manifest itself in a whole spectrum of behaviours including:

  • sexual violence and harassment
  • physical abuse
  • on-line sexual offences (technology assisted harmful sexual behaviour)
  • initiation or hazing type violence and rituals

All schools need to include peer on peer abuse in their schools' policies and procedures and all school staff need to be aware of this guidance or policy, ensuring they are part of their practice.

These should include:

  • procedures to minimise the risk of peer on peer abuse
  • how allegations are recorded, investigated and dealt with
  • clear processes as to how victims, perpetrators and any other children affected will be supported
  • that responses to sexual violence and sexual harassment between children of the same sex is equally robust as it is for sexual violence and sexual harassment between children of the opposite sex
  • recognition of the gendered nature of peer on peer abuse but recognising that all forms of this behaviour is unacceptable and will be taken seriously
  • that all schools should have strategies in place around wider behaviours including on-line sexual offences, sexual harassment and sexual violence

If you would like to access a word copy of the 'Peer on peer abuse model policy' which includes all appendices, please contact the CPM Safeguarding team;
tel: 01629 537430

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