Worried about or experiencing bullying?
Who should I contact to tell them about the issue?
School bullying is something that often goes unreported and we all too often see the negative impact bullying has on those involved. As parents, guardians, friends and family members we can all help in tackling the issue head on. When an individual has taken the brave step to say they are being bullied everybody needs to help and not simply ignore.
In the first instance contact the school and highlight it to the school’s head teacher. If nothing changes then make an appointment to see the head teacher to discuss the issues that are occurring.
Before this meeting it is always a good idea to visit the school’s website and print of their bullying policy. They will state a number of pledges they undergo to stop bullying in their school. Don’t be afraid to highlight these to the school and challenge appropriately when there are clear indications that they are not being carried out.
Challenging facts and broken promises can often deal with the issue, as the school realises they are not fulfilling their obligations which they have clearly stated in their policy.
If the problem still exists after the head teacher meeting then you can approach the head of governors who would have agreed the policy and explained that the pledges by the school to tackle bullying are not being fulfilled.
If problems are occurring outside of school, try for the school to solve the issue first. If it is happening outside of school then it is most likely happening in school.
The following information will be helful when calling to address the issue
1 -How it is occurring – Text? Email? Phone Calls? Social Media? Physical? Emotional?
2 – What is being said and done?
3 – Who is involved?
4 – How long has it been happening?
5 – Where is it happening in school or out?
6 – Effect it is happening on those involved?
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Once I have told them what happens next?
Once you have contacted the school and had the discussion as outlined above they have a duty to investigate and should offer you a point of contact. Once this has been established there are a number of initiatives that can be put in place to solve the issue, the school will inform you of these. Some schools will offer you weekly updates if not then ask for regular updates.
What can I and other members of my community do to help?
Be prepared to take your own preventative action. This may include, but is not restricted to:
1. Talking about bullying openly with the victim and ask their needs.
2. Report the problem to the school.
3. Contact the school or college to also take action to safeguard those targeted.
4. If it continues arrange to meet head teacher to discuss.
5. Do not respond to the person targeting you.
6. Keep a diary of events to give to the school.
7. Know expectations set by the school via their website and ensure they are being met.
What happens if the problem continues?
If the school has failed to deal with your concerns and the Board of Governors have also failed there is the option of OFSTED. We would urge that you allow the school time to deal with the issue before taking these steps. Simply challenging them on their own procedure is enough to see real action taking place.
If the problem persists or the level goes beyond bullying and turns into criminal activity that can’t be dealt with locally. Contact the Police on 101 or use the local Police Force website to email the local Neighbourhood Policing Team.
If you decide to report officially an officer will contact you to talk through the issue and ask if you have attempted to resolve the issue yourself with the school.
There are also a number of sites on the internet that give you practical advice on Bullying and well worth a view.