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Advice on dealing effectively 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."

How does bullying affect young people with medical or mental health conditions?

A recent study (1) has now confirmed what many children, young people, parents and professionals have been saying for many years:

"The study clearly shows that adolescents with a disability or chronic illness are more likely to be victims of bullying by peers than those who do not."

How can schools help?

  • Always take reports of bullying seriously

  • Take decisive action to deal with instances of bullying

  • Listen to children and young people carefully and try and understand what is happening to them and how it might feel

  •  Implement a school Anti Bullying Policy

  • Make sure your Anti Bullying Policy is fully understood and implemented by all school staff

  • Be aware of the legal responsibility to implement and monitor your Anti Bullying Policy

Useful links
Here are links to some useful websites.

(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.

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