Last reviewed on 9 June 2022
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Learn how to manage reports of child-on-child sexual violence and harassment in your school. Use our risk assessment to help you with your next steps, and display our poster so all staff know what to do if a child makes a disclosure.

Understand the definitions

Following Ofsted's review of sexual abuse in schools and the Everyone's Invited movement, sexual abuse in all its forms is something you'll need to examine and address in your school.

The following 2 sections apply to all forms of child-on-child sexual abuse, while the resources and response process that follow specifically apply to incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence between peers.

While these are just 2 forms of this abuse, they're covered in depth in Keeping Children Safe In Education (KCSIE) and can overlap with the others, making them an important issue for all staff to know how to respond to.

‘Victim’ is a widely recognised and understood term, but not everyone who has been subjected to abuse considers themselves a victim, or would want to be described that way. You should be prepared to use any term the child feels