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 can lead to anxiety, depression and even suicide.
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
Listen to children and young people carefully and try to understand what is happening to them and how it might feel
Make sure your Anti Bullying Policy is fully understood and strictly enforced by all school staff
Be aware of the legal responsibility to implement and monitor your Anti Bullying Policy
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.
More details: http://www.disabled-world.com/health/pediatric/disability-bullied.php#ixzz1861xl6F5