Some forms of bullying are illegal and should be reported to the police, these include violence or assault, repeated harassment or intimidation, theft and hate crimes. Call 101 to report these matters, or if you are at immediate risk dial 999 and ask for the police.
Other forms of bullying are not police matters, but there are many charities and organisations that are there to help and support you. Click on the links for your local Council to find out more about services in your area.
*A hate crime is a prejudice-motivated crime, often violent, which occurs when a perpetrator targets a victim because of his or her membership (or perceived membership) in a certain social group. Examples of such groups can include but are not limited to: ethnicity, gender identity, disability, language, nationality, physical appearance, religion, or sexual orientation.
SCHOOLS - Head teachers and governing bodies must, by law, have a policy to prevent all forms of bullying among pupils. An agreed policy should be short, succinct and written in language that everyone understands. It should include:
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