Dealing with bullying

Education providers in England and Wales have a responsibility to tackle bullying in all forms under the Education Act 2002. Individual schools, colleges and universities are required to put in place an anti-bullying policy which sets out how they will:

  • record bullying incidents
  • investigate and deal with the incidents
  • support victims, and
  • discipline bullies.

It’s crucial that these policies are clearly communicated to students and teachers and consistently followed, so that they have confidence in them.

Local authority education departments in England and Wales are also required to produce an anti-bullying policy for their area, identifying any particular trends in the area and stating how they will support schools.

Education providers – and in particular schools – are also expected to provide staff training on how to identify, prevent and manage bullying.

There are lots of resources to advise education providers on how to deal with bullying, including:

In Scotland, it is recommended that all schools have an anti-bullying policy, but there is no legal obligation for schools to have one. Find out more about dealing with bullying in schools in Scotland from the respect me website.

Certain types of bullying may amount to unlawful discrimination. Find out more about the legal definitions of discrimination on grounds of age, race, sex, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

Find out more about the human right to live without threats or mistreatment.

Last Updated: 02 Jul 2009