Peer-on-peer abuse

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Safeguarding issues can present via peer-on-peer abuse, whereby a pupil is subject to significant harm by another pupil or pupils.

This article includes: 

  • An overview of how peer-on-peer abuse manifests
  • Guidance on what to do if you are concerned about a child
  • Warning signs 
  • Questions for staff
  • Links to further reading

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