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Bullying is the repetitive, intentional hurting either physically or emotionally of one person or group by another.

E.g. calling names, taunting, mocking and teasing, damaging property, stealing, spreading rumours, hurting someone physically and making threats, being isolated from group activities, cyberbullying, making offensive comments verbally or by text message, by email or by social networking sites.

Bullying in school

If you suspect or your child tells you that they are being bullied speak with your child's teacher or head of year. All schools have a behaviour policy in place that includes measures to prevent all forms of bullying among pupils. Explain your concerns and see what can be done to support your child overcoming the bullying.

If you are not happy with the way in which the school has dealt with the bullying you can seek advice on making a complaint to your child's school about bullying.

Bullying UK offer information and advice on what to do to support your child and how to contact the school.

Child Law Advice provides information on the duties of schools and local authorities to prevent and tackle bullying in schools and action that can be taken by a parent or child to address bullying.

Bullying outside of school

Head teachers have the legal power to make sure pupils behave outside of school premises. 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. So if the bullying is happening outside of school by children that attends your childs school talk to the teacher or head of year.

If the bullying is from others you will need to report the instances to the police. They will be able to tell you what you need to do or how they can help.

Helplines and Support available

Listed here are organisations and helpline which offer advice and practical tips to young people, parents and professionals, to deal with bullying and its associated issues such as online safety, schooling, raising self-esteem and encouraging positive behaviour.

Local Support can be found in the Family Support section of the directory

Bullying UK - confidential and free helpline service (free from land lines and most mobiles). Call 0808 800 2222  9am – 9pm, Monday to Friday and 10am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday.

Child law advice - information on the duties of schools and Local Authorities to prevent and tackle bullying in schools and action that can be taken by a parent or child to address bullying.

Childline - Bullying - 0800 1111

Kidscape - For our Parent Advice Line call 020 7823 5430 (Mon-Tues, 10am-5pm)

The Mix Support for young people under 25. Freephone help line  0808 808 4994