DEALING WITH BULLYING

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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

Useful links

Here are links to some useful websites.

References
(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

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