Child-on-Child (Peer-on-Peer) abuse toolkit


Call 999 if it is an emergency and the child is in immediate danger.

If you are worried that a child may be at risk of abuse, harm or neglect view the Protecting Children page.

Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) from Primary, Secondary and Further Education settings, together with Southampton Safeguarding Children Partnership (SSCP), Southampton County Council (SCC) representatives and Police Education staff, have created a Child-on-Child Abuse toolkit.

With thanks to:

  • The DSLs who participated in the task and finish group and additional contributors who supported its development – Naomi Hanspal, Marie Cordeiro, Marie Bishop, Sally Howells, Debbie Finch, Lorraine Wheeler, Michelle Stocker, Simone Hardy, Nicola Iverson, Graham Thomas
  • Hampshire Police Education Team, Skye-Loren West
  • Southampton City Council and the Violence Reduction Unit, Carolyn Wilkinson
  • SSCP and Alison Philpott
  • SCC Education team.

The toolkit has been designed to support professionals, parents, and young people to better understand and respond to situations of Child-on-Child Abuse.


Document Type Size
Parent and carer guidance leafletpdf551.2 KB
Responding ‘In the Moment’ to Child-on-Child (Peer-on-Peer) abuse language guidepdf118.9 KB
Example offence guidepdf248.8 KB
Managing incidents of harmful sexual behaviour/s in Southampton education settings – a flowchart guide for education settingspdf136.0 KB
Risk Assessment for Child-on-Child (Peer-on-Peer) harmful sexual behaviours including sexual abuse and harassment for education settings and professionalspdf592.7 KB
Awareness posterspdf142.9 KB

If you want to find out more about the creation of the toolkit, have any questions or require further support then please email the Southampton Safeguarding Partnership: