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Bullying and harassment

What is bullying?

Bullying is behaviour by an individual or group that happens repeatedly over an extended period of time that hurts another person either physically or emotionally.

Bullying is never a normal part of growing up, character building or something that only happens to children. Whatever form it takes, bullying is always wrong but it can happen to anyone, both within school and outside in the wider community at any time.

Get support

For local support contact the family support adviser (FSA) or headteacher in your school. You can also contact Youthline or Kooth for free confidential counselling services for young people.

What effect does bullying have on children and young people?

The effects of bullying may differ between individuals. However it is clear that bullying can be enormously destructive. Often it has a negative impact on a child or young person’s development.

Bullying can:

  • have a damaging impact on self-esteem and confidence
  • result in powerful and conflicting emotions
  • make children and young people feel overwhelmed by feelings of fear and anger, whilst feeling powerless at the same time

In any situation involving bullying, it is important to listen to children and young people and help them to find the support that they need.

There are resources online that parents and carers may find useful:

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