All children have the right to go about their lives without the fear of being threatened, assaulted or harassed. Bullying can cause high levels of distress for a child or young person, affecting their well-being, behaviour and social development into adulthood.
Bullying is defined by the Department for Education as 'behaviour by an individual or group, usually repeated over time, which intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally'. Repeated bullying has a significant emotional component, where the anticipation and fear of being bullied seriously affects the behaviour of the victim.
Bullying can be inflicted on a child by another child, or by an adult. Bullying can take many forms (including cyber-bullying ), and is often motivated by prejudice against particular groups, for example on grounds of race, religion, gender / gender identity, sexual orientation, special educational need or disability or because a child is adopted or has caring responsibilities. It might be motivated by actual differences between children, or perceived differences.
SCSP city-wide policies and procedures:
Other relevant information can be found on this website here: Information and resources or in the index on the left side of this page.
If you are concerned about a child or young person, follow this link: Referring a safeguarding concern to Children’s Social Care