Supporting children and young people who are being bullied
How do we support pupils who are self-harming?
Self-harm is when people set out to hurt themselves or damage their health deliberately. Sometimes this is done in secret. Childline has a useful web page with information on why, how and who self-harms, how to tell somebody and getting help.
What support can we get to prevent cyber-bullying?
Schools and other settings will have Anti-Bullying Policies and Charters which should include cyber-bullying. They will also have an E-safety lead (the Headteacher or Safeguarding lead) or an E-safety Team working on a whole-school/setting approach to E-Safety. Good practice is to have children and young people involved as much as possible. See our E-Safety Resources
How can we support pupils who are experiencing homophobic, biphobic or transphobic bullying?
Homophobic bullying: this is when bullying is motivated by a prejudice against lesbian or gay people, or people who are thought to be lesbian or gay. This abuse can include things like spreading rumours that someone is gay or lesbian, or suggesting that something or someone is inferior and so they are ‘gay’, e.g. ‘you’re such a gay boy!’ or ‘those trainers are so gay!’
Biphobic bullying: this is bullying specifically targeting bisexual people or people who are thought to be bisexual (people who are attracted to more than one gender). Bisexual young people are often bullied by being subject to stereotyping (e.g. that they are sexually promiscuous and greedy) or it is assumed that their bisexuality is just a phase before they realise their 'real' sexual orientation. This can lead to bisexual people being largely invisible or not taken seriously. Bisexual people can also face problems in being accepted by others (including lesbian, gay and heterosexual people) , and in accessing appropriate support.
Transphobic bullying is discriminatory behaviour towards someone because they are, or are perceived to be 'transgender' (a person who believes their true gender is different to that given to them at birth). Young transgender people are often bullied by people who think ‘boys should act like boys’ and ‘girls should act like girls’. Here is a useful list of words and phrases that are transphobic and the reasons why.
Any homophobic, biphobic or transphobic bullying incidents should be reported to the local authority by your school, youth club or other setting. See Serious Equality Incident Report Form and guidance.
Teachers - Stonewall have produced a great resource ['Oh no not the gay thing') which shows how issues relating to sexual orientaion can be positively integrated across all areas of the curriculum.
We have an LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender) Young People’s project, SPACE, run by Off The Record for young people aged 13-21. The group meets every week, and can also provide 1-1 support for individuals, visits to schools and advice and training to teachers and other professionals. For further information visit the SPACE web page or contact the LGBT Development worker Lisa Benham by calling 01225 312481, texting 07872992879 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Bath & North East Somerset works closely with Stonewall and is a Stonewall Education Champion, which means we are working hard as a Local Authority to raise awareness of different family relationships and reduce homophobia. We have a number of Stonewall School Champions which are leading on this work. We provide training and resources for Early Years practitioners, teachers and support staff.
SARI can provide casework support for pupils, parents and staff suffering racial harassment. SARI undertake assemblies, staff training, classroom sessions, workshops and one-to-one sessions with pupils to raise awareness of racism and to help young people challenge racism. SARI also facilitate one-to-one or group work with perpetrators and approach education agencies to examine their response to racist incidents.
How can we support children and young people who are experiencing disability related bullying?
Any bullying incidents relating to disability should be reported to the local authority by your school, youth club or other setting. See Serious Equality Incident Report Form and guidance
For more information and support on disability related bullying contact email@example.com (School improvement and Achievement) Tel 01225 394502 or firstname.lastname@example.org (Development Worker for Disabled Children and their Families, 01225 395358 or Mobile: 07530 263070