Last updated:
23 November 2017

Bullying

Find details of who to contact for support if your child is being bullied.

1 What is bullying?

Bullying can be defined as deliberately hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time, where it is difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves.

It is not one-off incidents, no matter how aggressive the attack, or accidental harm.

You can find our strategy for tackling bullying on Anti-bullying Strategy 2015/18.

2 Bullying in schools

We always recommend that parents and pupils speak to the school first.

All schools, by law, must have an anti-bullying policy. This is normally part of the behaviour policy, which sets out how it deals with incidents of bullying. You have a right to know about this policy which is as much for parents as for staff and pupils.

If you wish to make a complaint about how an incident or incidents of bullying have been handled, you should follow the school's complaints procedure.

3 Bullying outside of school

If bullying has occurred at a West Sussex County Council partner organisation, such as a public facility like a swimming pool, or within a service provided by a local council, we recommend you contact our support line.

If the bullying occurred at a commercial venue, we recommend you speak to the venue's manager. If you feel it is appropriate, the matter may also be referred to the police, particularly if physical assault or threat of violence is involved.

  • Phone (non-emergencies): 101

4 Further support and advice

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