Bullying and harassment
What is bullying?
Bullying is behaviour by an individual or group that happens repeatedly over an extended period of time that hurts another person either physically or emotionally.
Bullying is never a normal part of growing up, character building or something that only happens to children. Whatever form it takes, bullying is always wrong but it can happen to anyone, both within school and outside in the wider community at any time.
What effect does bullying have on children and young people?
The effects of bullying may differ between individuals, but it is clear that bullying can be enormously destructive and in many cases has a negative impact on a child or young person’s development.
Bullying can have a damaging impact on self-esteem and confidence and can result in powerful and conflicting emotions. Bullied children and young people can often feel overwhelmed by feelings of fear and anger, whilst feeling powerless at the same time.
In any situation involving bullying, it is important to listen to children and young people and help them to find the support that they need.
If your child is being bullied, Bracknell Forest Anti-Bullying Group have produced a booklet called Anti Bullying Guide for Parents and Carers (PDF, 333kb) which contains advice and guidance.
The Anti-Bullying Group (ABG) is a multi-agency forum which brings together representatives from all who are involved in dealing with bullying, whether working with victims or perpetrators.
The Anti-Bullying Group undertakes a varied programme of activities and initiatives to tackle and prevent bullying and raise awareness of the negative impacts of bullying. It also supports schools and other professionals with training and resources.
Activities of the Anti-Bullying Group include:
- peer mentoring scheme in secondary schools
- drama productions and workshops in schools
- competitions and events during national anti-bullying week
- information booklet for parents and carers
- training and guidance for young people on cyber-bullying
As well as working with local partners from the statutory and voluntary sector, the Anti-Bullying Group also works with leading national organisations such as the Anti-Bullying Alliance and Stonewall.
The Anti-Bullying Strategy (PDF, 1046kb) is an important tool to help us to ensure children and young people feel safe. By taking action together we can help to reduce bullying and ensure children and young people feel safe, are able to participate within their communities and achieve their full potential.