Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Peer Abuse

Peer abuse is the physical, emotional & sexual abuse of a child or young person by their peers, including:

  • Bullying (including cyber bullying)
  • Sexual violence & sexual harassment
  • Up-skirting (photographing genitals or buttocks for sexual gratification and/or victim distress)
  • Sexting
  • Teen partner abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Initiation & hazing rituals & violence
  • Cyber-bullying & sexting

What is harmful sexual behaviour? (HSB)

Harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) is developmentally inappropriate sexual behaviour which is displayed by children and young people and which may be harmful or abusive. It may also be referred to as sexually harmful behaviour or sexualised behaviour.

HSB encompasses a range of behaviour, which can be displayed towards younger children, peers, older children or adults. It is harmful to the children and young people who display it, as well as the people it is directed towards.

Talk PANTS helps children understand that their body belongs to them, and they should tell someone they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried.


There is a catchy song that you could sing with your child.  Follow the link here to sing along.  You'll be surprised at how quick you will pick it up.  

There is a video here to Keeping Deaf Children Safe from Abuse.  Click here to watch.

Further information on the PANTS rule can be found here.

If you would like any of this information in a different language, please call the office on 0114 201 2300 or email