Physical Altercations—Behavioral Issues in Child Care and Schools

A physical altercation is generally a confrontation, tussle, or display of physical aggression that may or may not result in injury. Physical altercations are distinguished from verbal altercations by the use of physical force or contact. Physical altercations may also be referred to as bullying or fighting. When children engage in physical altercations with others, it is the responsibility of parents, teachers, and caregivers to immediately respond and provide safety for those involved.