Child on Child Abuse
Child on Child Abuse
Young people can abuse other children, this can happen in school, the local community and online. Child on child abuse can upset and hurt others both physically and emotionally, these affects can sometimes have a lasting impact on wellbeing.
Bullying, including physical abuse (hitting, kicking etc), cyberbullying, prejudice-based and discriminatory bullying, is the most obvious form of abuse. Child on child abuse includes wider forms of abuse such as exploitation, manipulation, control, harassment and cruelty. Young people may not initially be able to recognise all forms of abuse because they don’t understand it, recognise it is happening or believe it to be ‘messing’, ‘joking’ or ‘banter’.
Other forms of abuse include:
- Abuse/ controlling behaviour in friendships and personal relationships between peers; girl/ boyfriend,
- sexual violence, such as rape, assault by penetration and sexual assault; this may include an online element which facilitates, threatens and/or encourages sexual violence,
- sexual harassment, such as sexual comments, remarks, jokes and online sexual harassment, which may be standalone or part of a broader pattern of abuse,
- causing someone to engage in sexual activity without consent,
- consensual and non-consensual sharing of nude and semi-nude images and or videos (also known as sexting or youth produced sexual imagery)
- ‘Up skirting’,
- Criminal exploitation, county lines.
All our staff are knowledgeable of peer on peer abuse, it is important that our staff:
- contribute to a school culture which is compassionate, respectful and committed to protecting young people from peer on peer abuse,
- understand how and when to log any peer on peer abuse on CPOMS,
- can offer support and guidance to students who may have experienced a form of peer on peer abuse,
- understand the importance of challenging inappropriate behaviours between peers that are actually abusive in nature,
- do not underestimate behaviour between peers or class potential abuse as “banter”, “just having a laugh”, “part of growing up” or “boys being boys”,
- respond to peer on peer abuse calmly and professionally,
- recognise the impact of wider societal factors such as everyday sexist stereotypes and everyday sexist language on young people’s attitudes.
- are good role models throughout the school.
Harmful sexual behaviour
Sexual violence and sexual harassment can occur between two children of any age and sex from primary through to secondary stage and into colleges. It can occur through a group of children sexually assaulting or sexually harassing a single child or group of children.
The best responses to child sexual violence and harassment are those which take a whole school or college approach to safeguarding and child protection.
Hazel Grove High School is committed to a school culture which is compassionate, respectful and committed to protecting young people from peer on peer abuse and harmful sexual behaviour. Staff will strive to respond quickly and efficiently to inappropriate behaviour (even if it appears to be relatively innocuous) as this can be a crucial intervention that helps prevent problematic, abusive and/or violent behaviour in the future.
Through staff and student training, Hazel Grove High School educates how to recognise this behaviour and does not underestimate behaviour between peers or class potential abuse as “banter”, “just having a laugh” or “part of growing up”. The school recognises the impact of wider societal factors such as everyday sexist stereotypes and everyday sexist language on young people’s attitudes. Staff will educate, respond to and challenge any students who may display these attitudes at Hazel Grove High School.
Young people who may have been subjected to inappropriate behaviours will always be taken seriously and given the support and reassurances they require.
For further support with online Harmful Sexual Behaviour view the school’s online sexual exploitation page.