Breckland School

Child on Child Abuse

Child on Child abuse refers to a broad range of behaviours spanning a number of specific safeguarding issues. Its breadth is exemplified by the definition adopted by Dr C. Firmin, University of Bedfordshire:

Physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse, and coercive control, exercised within young people’s relationships.

The following statistics highlight the extent of this issue:

  • One in five girls in England suffered physical violence from their boyfriend
  • More than four in ten teenage schoolgirls aged between 13 and 17 in England have experienced sexual coercion.
  • The rates of violence were higher for girls in England than in other countries.
  • Nearly half-48% of girls reported instances of emotional and online abuse from their partners.
  • Over a third of young boys in England admitted watching porn and held negative attitudes towards women