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.
- There should be a clear message that pupils should not join in to avoid being bullied themselves.
- Offensive or discriminatory language should always be 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 happening both in and out of school? Cyberbullying leaves victims with no respite.
- Do other pupils or staff have more infomation that would help your understanding of the situation?
It is important that the child feels confident that it is good that people know about the bullying and that school will take action to make things better.
- 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.
- Encourage them to involve their family so they can offer support – then keep the family in the loop.
- Plan how best to support the bully – seek to understand the roots of their behaviour.
Bullying Uk has lots of resources available:
The Anti-Bullying Alliance provides resources as part of their 'All Together' a whole school anti-bullying programme:
Kidscape have information on bullying for those working with children and here are some of tehir resources:
Heads Together anti-bullying toolkit
Watch the Barnardo's video about bullying *here*.
'All Our Health' free, bite-sized e-learning sessions (Public Health England) - to improve the knowledge, confidence and skills of health and care professionals in preventing illness, protecting health and promoting wellbeing.
The sessions cover some of the biggest issues in public health including;
- Childhood obesity
- Alcohol misuse
- Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)
They contain signposting to trusted sources of helpful evidence, guidance and support to help professionals embed prevention in their everyday practice.
- Bullies, Cyberbullies and Frenemies - Michele Elliott.
- Vicious True Stories by Teens about Bullying - Ed Hope Vanderberg.
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Health Unlocked Parents can be signposted to this. It is a carefully monitored online community forum which allows local parents and carers to talk with each other regarding issues affecting their children. This can be accessed through our Just One Norfolk website.
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