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Child-on-Child abuse

Tips for parents and carers about how to prevent child-on-child abuse from happening and what to do if it does.

What is child-on-child/ peer-on-peer abuse?

Child-on-child abuse is when one child or young person causes harm to another, either in person or online. KCSIE (Keeping Children Safe in Education) references different forms of child-on-child abuse:

• Bullying (including cyberbullying, prejudice-based and discriminatory bullying)

• Abuse in intimate personal relationships between children

• Physical abuse

• Sexual violence and sexual harassment

• Consensual and non-consensual sharing of nude and semi-nude images

• Causing someone to engage in sexual activity without consent

• Upskirting (taking a photo under someone’s clothing without their permission) • Initiation/hazing type violence and rituals