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A guide for parents

Bullying is unacceptable behaviour used by an individual or group, usually repeated over time that intentionally hurts another individual or group physically or emotionally. It is often characterised by a sustained imbalance of power.

Any parent or carer concerned that their child is experiencing bullying should report it to the school so that the matter can be investigated and dealt with in line with the Academies Students Anti-Bullying Policy. Signs that a child may be experiencing bullying can include:

  • Being frightened of walking to or from school
  • Changing their usual routine, i.e. unwilling to go to school (school phobic)
  • Truancy & absence from school
  • Becoming withdrawn, anxious, or lacking in confidence
  • Attempting or threatening suicide
  • Running away / missing
  • Crying / disturbed sleep
  • Damaged possessions / clothing
  • Asking for money or stealing money
  • Unexplained cuts or bruises
  • Changes in behaviour – becoming aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable
  • Bullying other children or siblings
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Afraid to say what is wrong
  • Afraid to use the internet or mobile phone
  • Nervous and jumpy when a cyber message is received
  • Avoiding eye contact

If your child is experiencing bullying, or you're worried they might be, please click the links below for some ways to support your child and places you can get help:

Bullying | Parents Guide to Support | YoungMinds

Anti-Bullying Alliance

Students Anti Bullying Policy

Useful information for students

Any alleged, suspected or witnessed acts of bullying should be reported to a member of staff in the first instance. Tutors or Heads of Year are in the best position to respond, manage, resolve and monitor bullying concerns. Any identified ‘bullies’ will be provided with an opportunity to restore the damage that they have caused, addressing the impact of their negative behaviour and addressing some of the potential causes of their behaviour.

Useful websites for students:

Life Central – North Lincolnshire (

Childline | Childline

Help With Bullying (