Bullying is the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. It takes many forms and can include:

  • physical assault
  • teasing
  • making threats
  • name calling
  • cyberbullying - bullying via mobile phone or online (for example email, social networks and instant messenger).

If you are worried about your child or teenager being bullied or their behaviour towards others, you should speak with their education setting first.

By law, all schools (not private) must have a behaviour policy in place that includes measures to prevent all forms of bullying among pupils. This policy is decided by the school and all teachers, pupils and parents must be told what it is.

Visit the government website to find out how your child or teenager can be supported in and outside of school.

Advice and support

There are lots of local and national places to find help and advice, whether it's for your child, a parent, or a friend:

For your child

Family support

Friend support

Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

National and local support

Or, visit our directory to find other local and anti-bullying organisations.