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Child on child abuse.

All children and young people are capable of abusing each other. 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
  • prejudice based bullying, racism, and race hate

All schools need to include child on child abuse in their school policies and procedures and all schools staff need to be aware of this guidance and what to do if they are concerned about child on child abuse.

These should include:

  • procedures to minimise the risk of child on child abuse
  • how allegations are recorded, investigated and dealt with
  • clear processes, including risk assessments, 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 as equally robust as it is for sexual violence and sexual harassment between children of the opposite sex
  • recognition of the gendered nature child on child abuse, but recognising that all forms of this behaviour are 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.

Stop Abuse Together

The UK Government has also launched a new advice and support site to help keep children safe from sexual abuse. The site includes advice for parents and carers on spotting the signs of sexual abuse and speaking to your child about relationships and safety. It also signposts to sources of further support for children, adults and professionals including the NSPCC helpline and Childline.

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