What You Can Do If you suspect that your child may be being bullied
- Talk to your child – ask them how they are – if there is anything worrying them
- If they report an incident – write it down
- Has this happened before?
- It is very important they know that it is not their fault
- If it happened at school – tell your child’s teacher
- Keep a record
- Encourage your child to tell someone straight away
If you believe your child is being bullied at school, it is very important to keep school informed of any incidents so that they can deal with the situation effectively.
If, after speaking to your child’s teacher and allowing time for actions to be taken, you are not satisfied with the way the matter was dealt with, contact the head teacher and arrange a meeting. The head teacher should investigate the matter and action should be taken.
However, if after speaking with the Head Teacher you are still not satisfied with the outcome and you still feel your child is being bullied, your next action should be to contact the chair of governors and ask them to investigate.
As well as making sure school are alerted to any concerns you may have, you should also be actively discouraging your child from participating in any behaviour which could be construed as bullying behaviour.
BullyBusters is a free-phone confidential helpline for anyone who is affected by bullying or are bullying others.
The friendly, professional team offer practical advice and sup-port you every step of the way
BullyBusters offers workshops and interactive presentations to Schools and Organisations working with children
BullyBusters also has a website packed with useful information