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
- 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.
To find out how your child or teenager can be supported in and outside of school visit the GOV.UK website.
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 or young person
- Anti-bullying detox guide (PDF, 2.2 MB)
- Cyber bullying policy in school (PDF, 73.1 KB)
- Help and support from the Anti-Bullying Alliance website
- Racial and racism bullying from Childline
- Tips, activities and videos from CBBC
For your family
- Advice for parents if your child is being bullied (Anti-Bullying Alliance)
- Advice for contacting your child's school about bullying (Bullying UK)
- Being bullied by a teacher (Bullying UK)
- Moving school due to bullying (Bullying UK)
- Supporting your child if they are the bully (Bullies Out)
- Supporting your child's mental health (Young Minds)
- Top tips for parents and carers to support your child (Kidscape)
- Anti bullying training booklet (Kent Youth County Council)
- You can also get support through our Early Help service.
For a friend
- Supporting your friend's mental health (Young Minds)
Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)
- Advice if your child is being bullied (Bullying UK)
- Anti-bullying activities at school (Mencap)
- Asking for help if you're disabled (Childline)
- Explaining what bullying is to your child (Scope)