Back to School - Dealing with bullying


Sometimes change comes with difficulties.

But it isn't the end of the world - there are things you can do to help. 

Signs of bullying

You can’t always see the signs of bullying.

And no one sign indicates for certain that a child’s being bullied.

But you should look out for:

  • Belongings getting “lost” or damaged
  • Physical injuries such as unexplained bruises
  • Being afraid to go to school, being mysteriously 'ill' each morning, or skipping school
  • Not doing as well at school
  • Asking for, or stealing, money (to give to a bully)
  • Being nervous, losing confidence, or becoming distressed and withdrawn
  • Problems with eating or sleeping
  • Bullying others


Where to turn

  • Sometimes children will come to you with their problems - sometimes it's easier to talk to a different family member or friend. 

    Who ever they choose let them talk in their own time.

  • Sometimes a child needs to talk to someone else completely:


Call: 0800 1111
Email: via the website
Online: live chat

  • If you're a parent and you think a child is being bullied, the NSPCC has these tips for parents and carers to help children deal with bullying and cyberbullying.

  • University's and student unions provide counselling and other support services for students experiencing a wide range of difficulties away from home, from feeling unhappy on their course, feeling home sick, not settling into their halls of residence and more.