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Bullying comes in many forms from name calling and verbal abuse to more serious physical and/or mental abuse of a child by another child or teacher. It can have a detrimental and long lasting impact on a child’s life and physical and mental wellbeing if not addressed promptly.
Is Bullying in Schools illegal?
Some forms of bullying in Schools are illegal and should be reported to the Police. By law, all State (not Private) Schools must have a behavioural policy in place that includes ways they aim to combat bullying and procedures they must follow when there are reports of students being bullied at school. This will be decided by the School and all students, parents and teachers should be informed of it.
In the same way, State Schools are obligated to have anti-discrimination procedures in place which prevent staff and teachers to discriminate against, harass or victimise any students within the School.
What to look out for?
Sudden changes in a child’s behaviour could be an indication that the child is a victim to bullying. Among other things concerned parents should look out for the following warning signs.
- Unexplained injuries
- Frequent headaches, illnesses, sickness or faking illness
- Destroyed or lost books, clothing, electronics or jewelry
- Declining grades, loss in interest of School work or not wanting to go to School
- Frequent nightmares or difficulty sleeping
- Changing in eating habits, for example children may come home from school hungry because they didn’t eat lunch
- Sudden decline of social interaction or friends
- Loss of self-esteem or signs of weepiness
- Destructive behavior
Parents should ensure that all complaints of bullying are addressed in writing to the School and it is always helpful to follow the School’s internal complaints procedures. Staff at the School may deal with bullying in different ways depending on the seriousness of each case. In situations where in-School methods are insufficient the issue will be brought further, either by reporting it to the Police or social services; when reporting bullying, disability and special requirements of the pupils involved will be taken into account.
If serious damage is caused to the child, either mentally or physically, a claim can be brought in the Courts for damages, but usually these cases are the most complex and only ones with strong evidence will be pursued.
Bullying outside of School
If the bullying continues outside of the School premises the Head Teacher of the School has the legal power to make sure that the students involved do not continue the action (this does not include Private Schools). This includes anywhere off the School premises from riding on the bus to School, to seeing the bully in the town centre, this includes situations of online or phone bullying.
At Bloomsbury Law we provide expert advice to help you deal with bullying in the most effect way. Do not hesitate to contact us as we would be happy to help with any questions or queries you may have, no matter how small you think the issue is. No query is unjustified when it comes to the care of your children.
What do I do next?
Contact us online or speak to one of our dedicated education specialists on 0207 998 7777 for a free initial consultation. With our vast experience in the field, our bilingual speaking team will work with you to ensure this process runs as smooth as possible. All information you provide us with is treated with the utmost confidentiality.
We will contact you no later than the next working day to arrange a meeting at our offices in London W1 to advise on the agreement.