Bullying

"Bullying is the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power.

It leads to an outcome which is always painful and/or distresses."

Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA)


Bullying can happen to any child, but children with special educational needs or a disability (SEND) are more likely to be bullied. However, it is important to remember that not all children experience bullying.

On the following pages we explain what you and the school can do to stop your child being bullied at school.

Keeping a record of bullying incidents

Ways that schools can deal with bullying

Meeting with the school

Helping your child respond to bullying

What to do if the bullying carries on

Related information

  • See our guide to Dealing with bullyingfor parents and carers of disabled children. It includes detailed advice about:
    • recognising the signs of bullying
    • dealing with bullying at school
    • bullying outside of school
    • making a complaint
    • organisations that can help.
  • Visit our education pages to learn how schools, colleges and nurseries support children with special educational needs.
  • Contact a Family is one of a group of organisations led by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) who are working to reduce the bullying of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Find out more about the Anti-Bullying Alliance and our joint work.

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