Last reviewed on 16 July 2021
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Learn how to manage reports of peer-on-peer 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 peer-on-peer sexual abuse, while the resources and response process that follow specifically apply to incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence between peers.

Peer-on-peer sexual abuse This can take many forms, such as:  Abuse in intimate personal relationships between peers Sexual violence and sexual harassment Upskirting, which involves taking a picture under a person’s clothing without their permission to obtain sexual gratification or cause the victim humiliation, distress or alarm   Sexting, which covers both consensual and