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Bullying in Schools

Being bullied can make a child have long term psychological consequences for children and young people. It has significant affects on self esteem and wellbeing. It can get in the way of children and young people reaching their potential academically and socially.

In recent years the understanding of what bullying is and how to manage it has been transformed in schools. The use of bullying policies and increased sensitivity to the needs of victims and perpetrators has made a difference.
Despite this bullying still remains a huge issue both in, and outside of schools, and the dawn of social media has had another dimension to the complexity of managing the issue.


  • Most schools will have an anti-bullying policy as a part of the broader behaviour policy. Creating an anti-bullying policy collaboratively with pupils can be an effective way of the whole school taking ownership of a zero-tolerance approach.

    School Culture
    The values and culture of a school makes the difference to whether bullying becomes an entrenched and persistent problem.
    Key messages could include;

    • The child being bullied is not to blame and does not have to ‘ignore it’ or change how they behave – only the bully should make changes.
    • Others in school should feel able to speak out if they are worried someone is being bullied
    • Don’t join in to avoid being bullied yourself.
    • Offensive or discriminatory language is always challenged in school
    • Where to find help – this could include staff, pupil ‘anti-bullying ambassadors’ and prominent display of helplines like Childline

    If you discover a child in your school is being bullied prompt and decisive action can make all the difference to the long term outcome of the person being bullied and the person bullying.

    Take time to understand what has happened - and how the child or young person is feeling. Is the bullying spilling into out of school? Cyberbullying leaves victims with no respite. Do other pupils or staff have more information that would help your understanding of the situation?

    • Ask the child what they think would help them most right now
    • Make a plan and record your actions in accordance with your policy
    • Plan when you will next check in’ with the pupil
    • Discuss if and how they want to talk with their family – then keep the family in the loop
    • Plan how best to support the bully – seek to understand the root of their behaviour

  • The Diana Award on Writing a Bullying Policy can be found *here*

    Bullying UK has ideas for schools including lesson plans and in-school campaigns *here*

    The NSPCC has information on bullying *here*

    The Anti-Bullying Alliance has information that includes the responsibility of schools *here*
    The ABA also host ‘All Together’ a whole school anti-bullying programme – find out more *here*

    ‘Stop, Speak, Support’ has information on managing cyber bullying *here*

    Kidscape have information on bullying for those working with children *here*

    Health for Teens offers information on sexting and cyberbullying *here*

Who can help?

For support or advice young people, families and professionals can contact :

Your Local Pharmacist. Find a local one here

Call 111 – they can reassure you and advise if you need more medical help

Just One Number for Norfolk Children and Young People’s Health Services Tel: 0300 300 0123 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm Saturday 9am-1pm.

Parents can use Parentline Text messaging service: 07520 631590

Young people aged 11-19 can text Chat Health on 07480635060

Other parents who are going through or have been through this before can be a big help to you, friends or family, or you could join our online forum to speak to Norfolk Parents

CLICK HERE to find out more


Find out about the enhanced School Nurse offer ...(content required?)

And the emotional health pathway *here*

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