Peer on Peer Abuse/Bullying
Peer on Peer Abuse and Bullying
Peer on Peer abuse is the term given to any form of abuse perpetrated by one young person towards another.
Peer-on-peer abuse includes, but is not limited to:
- physical and sexual abuse
- sexual harassment and violence
- emotional harm
- on and offline bullying
- teenage relationship abuse
There have been a number of high profile campaigns and organisations raising awareness of sexual abuse and harassment of (mostly) girls by their peer group and many young people have shared their experiences and the resulting trauma they have suffered. The pain suffered by experiencing peer on peer abuse can be amplified by the fact that the abuse is carried out by peers and sometimes in a school setting where a young person should feel safe.
Bullying, whether it is physical or emotional, can also have a lasting impact and there is evidence to show the impact of bullying can cause lasting emotional harm that can hinder life chances.
Young people can also be abused by their peers online - this can take the form of bullying, name calling or creating fake profiles to shame or humiliate someone. Online abuse can seriously affect young people as it can leave victims feeling out of control and isolated.
At Enfield County School for Girls we are fully aware of our duty of care towards all our students and we will take seriously any allegation of peer on peer abuse suffered by any student. We will always inform parents and carers of any form of peer on peer abuse and we will inform our Safer School officer or the police where necessary.
Students in school are taught how to keep themselves safe, online harm and about healthy relationships and consent in Personal Development lessons and assemblies. We work with partner agencies, the MET police and other schools to ensure we have a rigorous approach to peer on peer abuse.