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Bullying is distressing to everyone — but there’s a lot we can do to stop it.

Defining bullying in your school

Bullying is difficult to define precisely, as people differ in their views of what is, and what isn’t, bullying.

Bullying is damaging, common and complex

There are serious short-term and long-term psychological and social consequences of bullying for bullies, their targets, and witnesses.

Staff are well placed to recognise bullying

Recognising the signs of bullying can allow a staff member to respond quickly to possible incidents.

Six ways staff can intervene

School staff have a duty of care to ensure the safety of their students. This is best achieved when staff are sufficiently skilled and confident in preventing and responding to bullying.

Whole school strategies can help prevent bullying

Whole school strategies that send anti-bullying messages, teach social and emotional skills, and promote healthy and positive relationships across the whole school community will go a long way to preventing bullying.

Review your current policies and procedures

Develop your whole school response to bullying by finding out what’s working and what’s not at your school.


Further resources

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How the MindMatters framework can help

Bullying is best tackled at a whole school level. MindMatters’ whole school approach to building a positive school community strengthens your anti-bullying efforts and provides a framework in which specific anti-bullying strategies can fit.

Start MindMatters in your school today.