There is no legal definition of bullying however it is usually defined as behaviour that is: repeated and intended to hurt someone either physically or emotionally. Examples of bullying include repeated physical assault, teasing, making threats, name calling etc. Bullying is not limited to face-to-face contact; cyberbullying is becoming more common among teenagers. For more information on how to prevent cyberbullying please see the ‘Internet Safety’ section of our parent page. For more information on bullying please see the following website:
To speak to someone about bullying please see the following advice websites and hotline:
- ChildLine www.childline.org.uk Freephone 0800 1111 (24 hours). Childline is the UK’s free helpline for children and young people. It provides confidential telephone counselling service for any child with a problem.
- NSPCC www.nspcc.org.uk NSPCC helps families and children with over 40 different services. If you are worried a child may be suffering from any form of abuse or would like more information about what to look out for or how to support a child you can Freephone (from landlines and most mobiles) 0808 800 5000 (24 hours)
- Signposting service 0208 772 9900 (Mon – Fri from 9am-1pm & 2-5pm). A national membership organisation for youth information, advice and counselling agencies. Provides information on youth agencies to children aged 11-25 and their carers but does not provide direct advice.