The Government defines bullying as 'behaviour by an individual
or group, usually repeated over time, that intentionally hurts
another individual or group either physically or emotionally'.
Bullying can take many forms and includes name calling, making
offensive comments, kicking, hitting, taking belongings,
inappropriate text messaging and e-mailing, and sending offensive
or degrading images by mobile phone or via the internet. Bullying
can seriously damage a young person's confidence and sense of
worth, and needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. It is
different from the usual disagreements that children and young
people have from time to time.
It is compulsory for schools to have measures in place to encourage good behaviour and respect for others, and to prevent all forms of bullying. Schools are required to have anti-bullying polices and strategies to tackle bullying. If you think your child is being bullied, you should talk to your child and then talk to the school about what can be done about it.
Contact a Family has joined forces with Parentline Plus to produce a new guide about dealing with bullying, for parents of disabled children. The guide is available to download from www.cafamily.org.uk/media/388418/bullying.pdfor to order from their Freephone helpline (0808 808 3555).
Further information on tackling bullying is available from a
number of organisations - see the useful links.