If you’re worried about the wellbeing or safety of a child who is being bullied, there are several steps you can take.
Bullying in school
- Ask a teacher or reception for the school’s anti-bullying policy - this will cover how the school will deal with reports of bullying so you can make sure they follow the steps.
- When you talk to the teacher or head teacher about your concerns, try to stay calm and give clear examples of what has caused your worry. For example, give facts like dates, places, names, things you've noticed, or if someone has told you about their experiences of bullying.
- Work with the school to resolve the bullying problem and keep the child safe.
Bullying outside of school
If the bullying is happening outside of school, in the local community or even at home, it's a good idea to talk to a trained advisor for support. They can help you work out the best way forward.
- Call the NSPCC’s 24/7 helpline for help understanding how best to safeguard the child’s wellbeing: 0808 800 5000.
- Call the Learning Disability Helpline for advice: 0808 808 1111.
- Report abuse online.
- Learn more about safeguarding children on the NSPCC website.
More about bullying
Take a look at our pages on bullying to find out more about the different types of bullying and the support that is available if you or someone you know is being bullied.
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