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Help & Information

Bullying behaviour in the community can have serious and lasting consequences for individuals and the community as a whole. It is important to address and prevent any bullying to create a safe and inclusive environment. It is essential to create an environment where everyone feels respected, valued, and safe. Dealing with bullying behaviour in the community requires a multi-faceted approach from all members of the community, including individuals, families, schools, and local authorities. Education, awareness, and intervention are crucial components of any successful anti-bullying strategy.

Community based bullying is often different to bullying in the school/work environment. There have been four main types of bullying behaviour associated with bullying in public spaces:

  • Barging in where a group of children and young people (usually older or stronger than those they pick on) forcefully involve themselves in the activities of another group.
  • Extortion where through coercion or threats, individuals are made to behave against their will. Handing over money, possessions or sweets are typical examples but it could also involve them being forced into anti-social behaviour such as stealing.
  • Intimidation where someone is physically assaulted or intimidated for no specific reason other than to amuse those displaying the bullying behaviour.
  • Name calling where a person is verbally intimidated with or without provocation.

Bullying motivated by prejudice such as bullying related to race, homophobia and disability, is just as likely to happen in the community. In fact victimisation and bullying in the community is a serious problem for a significant number of people.

Responding to Incidents of Bullying Behaviour

  1. Bullying on a school bus:
    Incidents involving pupils from the same school should be reported to the school at the earliest opportunity. School staff are in the best position to carry out an investigation into an incident concerning their own pupils as they will know those involved. Schools have a duty to respond to any reported incidents of bullying behaviour and any information received should be treated seriously and in confidence. However, if a pupil’s safety is at risk then school staff cannot keep the information confidential and will have to follow their safeguarding procedures. Appropriate action will need to be taken and sanctions against pupils can include exclusion from school transport. For the safety of pupils on the school bus, CCTV is fitted on many vehicles and where recordings are available they will be used to identify unacceptable behaviour.
  2. Incidents involving pupils from another school:
    Parents/carers should still report the incident to their child’s school so that the school can offer support. Schools have excellent links with other schools in the area and may have shared behaviour policies. It is reasonable to expect them to inform the other school involved. Equally parent/carers may wish to contact the other school directly.
  3. Bullying on Public Transport
    Children and young people use many forms of public transport to travel to and from school. Where there is an incident, contact the service provider and inform the school(s) involved.
    Where incidents are not related to school travel, you should still contact the service provider. If the incidents involve students from the same school as your child you should make the school aware.

 

Other Agencies:
Police:  If the incident is serious and a crime may have been committed, contact your local police station.
Housing Office/Tenants Associations: Report incidents to the local Housing Office or Housing Association Officers if you are a council tenant and the incident involves children or adults in your neighbourhood. If you rent private property you can contact your landlord.
Anti-Social Behaviour: Local authorities have units to deal with anti-social behaviour. It may be that the bullying incident is part of a wider range of problems in your neighbourhood that
may constitute anti-social behaviour. Anti-social behaviour units only get involved if the problem is seen to be both very serious and long running and other agencies have been unable to resolve
the issue.

If the bullying involves criminal behaviour or poses an immediate threat to you or your child or you have been bullied because of your race, religion or sexuality, or if you become aware of such bullying, this is classed as a ‘hate’ incident and you should report it. Racist, LGBTQ+, disability and religious bullying incidents can be reported at any Police Station. Provide them with detailed information about the incident, and be prepared to share any evidence.

If you fear retaliation or are uncomfortable disclosing your identity, inquire about anonymous reporting options. Some organisations or authorities may allow you to submit a report without revealing your name.

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Need to talk?

If you are being bullied or are concerned about someone who is, you can receive help and support from one of our trained Mentors through our e-mentoring service.

If you would like a Mentor to email you, please contact: mentorsonline@bulliesout.com

If you would rather speak to someone over the telephone, you can call Childline on: 0800 1111

For any community-related issues, such as anti-social behaviour, we would suggest contacting your landlord, the local police or your local environmental health department (where applicable), as we are unable to deal with these types of complaints.