Last reviewed September 2023
One Minute Guide to Bullying
What is Bullying?
Bullying is defined as the ‘repetitive, intentional hurting of a person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power.’
Remember, if a child is being bullied online this probably means they are being bullied offline too!
What does the law say on Bullying?Show detailsSome forms of bullying are illegal and should be reported to the police. These include:
· violence or assault
· repeated harassment, stalking or intimidation, e.g. abusive name calling, threatening phone calls, emails or text messages
· hate crimes (against specific groups such as ethnic groups or LGBTQIA+ community)
By law, Section 89 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006, state all schools must have a behaviour policy in place that includes measures to prevent all forms of bullying amongst pupils. This policy is decided by the school and should be communicated to all teachers, pupils and parents. Schools must also follow anti-discrimination law as set out in the guidance Equality Act 2010 and Schools. This means all staff and governors must act to prevent discrimination, harassment and victimisation within schools.
Most schools in Wakefield have staff who have been trained to both assess a child’s emotional literacy and also to organise small group interventions to help enhance the skills of emotional literacy and resilience. Such assessment and intervention could be useful for both victim and bully(ies), although not in the same group.
Schools and other services should also promote Anti-bullying week held during November Anti-Bullying Week 2023: Make A Noise About Bullying (anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk)
Signposting to services
- Anti-Bullying Alliance for all resources on research, CPD, prevention, recording and responding to bullying.
- Seek help from the child’s GP who may be able to refer them to emotional health counselling and support
- Cyber Bullying from NSPCC
- Young Minds on Bullying
- Kidscape offer advice to parents, practitioners and advice to young people
- Bullying, Boredom & Problematic Behaviour in School presentation
- Compass Wakefield also offer advice and signposting to bullying
- WF-I-Can Bullying - WF-I-Can provides support in and around Wakefield as well as videos to help a child build their confidence when being bullied.
- Childline on 0800 1111
- Bullying UK part of family lives Tel: 0808 8002222
Free Training on sexual bullying Free CPD online training (anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk)
West Yorkshire consortium procedures 1.4.4 Bullying (proceduresonline.com)
DfE guidance Preventing bullying - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)