DEALING WITH BULLYING
How to deal with bullying at school
The department for education defines bullying as:
"Behaviour by an individual or group, usually repeated over time that intentionally hurts another individual or group, either physically or emotionally."
A recent study (1) shows that adolescents with a disability or chronic illness are more likely to be victims of bullying.
Bullying of any form is unacceptable and should never be tolerated.
How schools can help
- Always take reports of bullying seriously
- Take decisive action to deal with instances of bullying
- Create a positive, open culture for good mental health and emotional well-being, to tackle stigma about mental health
- Respond quickly and effectively otherwise children and young people may develop other coping strategies such as self-isolation or self-harm This can cause significant disruption to their ability to engage with school, learning and their wider relationships
- Be proactive in noticing changes in young people’s behaviour and approach them to offer care, time and support.
- Poor behaviour can be an expression of difficulties or distress. Look at possible causes and not only the behaviour.
- Listen to children and young people carefully and try to understand what is happening to them and how they might feel.
- Create spaces for children and young people to talk about bullying and how it affects their wellbeing.
- Support the emotional needs of children and young people who are bullied and who bully others - simply dealing with the bullying behaviour is not enough!
Bully Free - A participatory Arts Project
Dealing with Bullying at School - GOV.UK
Childline - Advice on Bullying
Bullying and mental health: guidance for teachers and other professionals
(1) Sentenac M, et al. Victims of bullying among students with a disability or chronic illness and their peers: a cross-national study between Ireland and France. J Adol Health online, 2010.
More details: http://www.disabled-world.com/health/pediatric/disability-bullied.php#ixzz1861xl6F5