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What can I do if my child is being bullied?

First of all, talk to your child to hear what they have to say. Then arrange to speak to the child’s teacher. You should find out how they usually deal with a problem about suspected bullying and how they are going to take the matter forward. You can also find out whether the school has a written anti-bullying policy. If so, ask to see it.

If you are not satisfied with the teacher's response, ask to see the Head Teacher. If you are still not happy, you could contact the governing body of the school and/or the Local Authority. If the bullying is really severe, it is possible that it could be considered a criminal activity.

There are several organisations which may be able to help you and provide support if you think your child is being bullied.

For more information about organisations that can help, see Education: organisations which give information and advice.

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