Bullying affects everyone involved and no one comes out the winner.It can be physically and/or mentally abusive. In whichever form it takes, it is cruel and it is unecessary.
By law, all state (not private) schools must have a behaviour
policy in place that includes measures to prevent all forms of bullying among pupils.From my experience, private schools can sometimes be the worst platform for bullying. In whatever environment it takes place, it is damaging and it can be deadly.
takes place outside school (usually on the journey to and from school)
You should know that Head teachers have the legal power to make sure pupils behave outside of school premises (state schools only).This includes bullying that happens anywhere off
the school premises, eg on public transport or in a town centre.
School staff can also choose to report bullying to the police or local council.
Where to get help and advice
There are lots of organisations
that provide support and advice if you’re worried about bullying:
There is no legal definition of bullying.
However, it’s usually defined as behaviour that is:
- intended to hurt someone either physically or emotionally
- often aimed at certain groups,
eg because of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation
It takes many forms and can include:
- physical assault
- making threats
- name calling
- cyberbullying - bullying via mobile phone or
online (eg email, social networks and instant messenger)
Your school should have its own definition of bullying.
ACAS - (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) aims to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations.
Anti-bullying Alliance - is a coalition of organisations and individuals working together to stop bullying and create safe environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.
Bullying UK – part of Family Lives. Provides help on all forms of bullying - at school, cyberbullying, racism, homophobia, bullying in sport etc.
Childnet International - information, advice, resources for children, parents and getting the most out of new technology and safe and responsible
EACH - Education Action Challenging Homophobia - challenges homophobia, specifically homophobic bullying, through education.
EyePAT - online safety and anti-bullying training for a variety of groups such as schools, social workers, foster carers and those who include children or vulnerable
adults; as well as bullying in the workplace.
Kidscape - anti-bullying helpline for parents.
Network for Surviving Stalking - Network for Surviving Stalking aims to provide support to victims, potential victims and others affected by stalking/harassment throughout the UK.
Red Balloon - Provide an 'intensive care' full-time education for children aged between 9 and 18 who are unable to go to school because they have been severely bullied or who have suffered trauma.
Schools out - provides a support network to raise the issue of homophobia in schools
STANCE - the comprehensive 'Whole School' resource pack for addressing homophobic bullying.
- working for positive change for gay lesbian and bisexual people in the UK with an education program: Education for all
PAPYRUS – prevention
of young suicide - resources and helpline support for those dealing with suicidal feelings or emotional distress.
- emotional support to anyone in distress or at risk of suicide.
Understanding Childhood - provides free downloadable
information leaflets for families and childcare professionals to help raise emotionally secure children
Other useful sites that are related to self harming which often transpires from bullying:
Harmless - provides information, support, training and consultancy for people who self harm, as well as their friends, families and professionals.
National Self Harm Network - our priority is to support survivors and people who self-harm. We also support the people it indirectly affects, like family and friends, they can discuss the issue and
gain effective support in our forums.
Young Minds - supporting people who self-harm. We also support the people it indirectly affects,
like family and friends, they can discuss the issue and gain effective support in our forums.
The Family Lives website at http://www.familylives.org.uk/ gives plenty of information on many different
types of bullying from cuber bullying to bullying on social media. it also provides links to other useful websites: