Parent's Guide

Anti-bullying information sheet for parents.

Is it bullying?

It is if individuals or groups are:

  • calling your child names
  • threatening him/her
  • pressuring your child to give someone money or possessions         
  • hitting your child
  • damaging your child’s possessions
  • spreading rumours about your child or your family
  • using text, email or web space to write or say hurtful things about your child (cyberbullying).

It is also bullying if your child feels hurt because of things said about their ethnic background, religious faith, gender, sexuality, disability, special educational need, appearance or specific issues in your family.

What should you do if your child is being bullied?

  • Talk to school staff about the bullying.
  • It will help to sort out what action to take if you can bear in mind that the teacher may have no idea that your child is being bullied or may have heard conflicting accounts of an incident.
  • Be as specific as possible about what your child says has happened; give dates, places and names of other pupils involved.
  • Make a note of what action the school intends to take.
  • Ask if there is anything you can do to help your child.
  • Stay in touch with the school. Let them know if things improve as well as if problems continue.

Families who feel that their concerns are not being addressed appropriately by the school might like to consider the following steps:

  • check with the school anti-bullying policy to see if agreed procedures are being followed
  • discuss your concerns with other parents
  • make an appointment to discuss the matter with the Headteacher and keep a record of the meeting
  • if this does not help, write to the chair of governors explaining your concerns and what you would like to see happening.

If you need further support and information at any stage or the problem remains unresolved, ring the helpline at Parentline Plus 0808 800 2222 or contact other local and national support groups.

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Last updated: 16 October 2015

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