Schools have a duty of care to protect pupils from bullying as part of their responsibility to provide a safe and secure environment. Prevention of bullying is regarded as a child protection and safety issue.
It is important to raise pupils’ awareness of bullying issues and to have preventative strategies in place that support a strong anti-bullying ethos in the school. There should be clear procedures to detect early signs of bullying and to deal with repeated incidents. If not addressed, bullying can reduce self-esteem, concentration and motivation over time.
There is no legal definition of bullying, but it is usually defined as behaviour that is:
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