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 Woodford Primary School staff are knowledgeable about Child on Child abuse, it is important that all staff:
- contribute to a school culture which is compassionate, respectful and committed to protecting young people from Child on Child abuse
- understand how and when to log any Child on Child abuse on CPOMS
- can offer support and guidance to students who may have experienced a form of child on child 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 child on child 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
We are committed to providing a school culture that is compassionate, respectful and dedicated to protecting young people from child on child 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.
Woodford Primary School educates staff and pupils on how to recognise this behaviour and do 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 pupils who may display these attitudes at Woodford Primary School.
Young people who may have been subjected to inappropriate behaviours will always be taken seriously and given support and reassurances they require.
For further support with online Harmful Sexual Behaviour view the schools online sexual exploitations page.
Online support and guidance for harmful sexual behaviour
A parent guide to harmful sexual behaviour
Information, advice and further reading links on harmful sexual behaviour