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.
For local support contact the family support adviser (FSA) or headteacher in your school. You can also contact Youthline, a free, confidential counselling service for young people:
- phone: 01344 311200
- e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
What effect does bullying have on children and young people?
The effects of bullying may differ between individuals. However it is clear that bullying can be enormously destructive. Often it has a negative impact on a child or young person’s development.
- have a damaging impact on self-esteem and confidence
- result in powerful and conflicting emotions
- make children and young people 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.
Bracknell Forest Anti-Bullying Group have produced a booklet which contains advice and guidance.
The Anti-Bullying Group (ABG) is a multi-agency forum. It brings together representatives from organisations who are involved in dealing with bullying, whether working with victims or perpetrators.
The ABG carries out activities to tackle and prevent bullying and raise awareness of its negative impacts. It also supports schools and other professionals with training and resources.
Activities the ABG group carry out include:
- peer mentoring schemes
- drama productions and workshops in schools
- competitions and events during national anti-bullying week
- training and guidance for young people on cyber-bullying
As well as working with local partners from the statutory and voluntary sector, the ABG also works with leading national organisations such as the Anti-Bullying Alliance and Stonewall.
Anti bullying strategy
The Anti-Bullying Strategy 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 take part in their communities and achieve their full potential.