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What to do if you're being bullied.

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Do you think your child is being bullied?

 

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At School

Every school must have measures in place to prevent all forms of bullying. This may be in the form of a school behavioural policy, which must be made publically accessible to pupils and parents/carers, probably through the school website.

If you are concerned about the way your child's school has responded to a recent bullying incident, the Parent Partnership Service can provide you with information and advice. Their Anti-Bullying Factsheet (PDF 339 KB)provides advice on what schools should do to protect your child.

If you would like to review the Department for Education guidance in full, please visit their website (External Website).

Online

It is important that you know how to keep your child or young person safe when using the internet and that you chat to them and teach them how to stay safe when using the internet.

  • Cyber Mentors (External Website) is all about young people helping and supporting each other online. If you're being bullied, or are feeling a bit low and you're not sure what to do or who to talk to, then Cyber Mentors is where you can go for help.  It doesn't matter how big or small you think the problem is Cyber Mentors are here to listen and support you. The best thing about it is that Cyber Mentors are young people too.
  • The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre’s (External Website) website provides information on how to stay safe online, including a link to enable parents and young people to make reports of actual or attempted abuse online.
  • The Think U Know (External Website) website was has sections for children, young people, parents/carers and teachers to learn how to use the internet in a safe way and know who to talk to if you are worried.
  • Our Internet Safety Factsheet (PDF 284 KB) provides a useful checklist for parents/carers to use when keeping children safe online, as well as more links to external bullying websites.


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Discriminatory for example race, disability, sexuality

Kidscape has information and advice on racial bullying (External Website) and homophobic bullying (External Website).

Family Lives (External Website) has information and advice on how to support you child with bullying if they have a disability.