Bullying

In Calderdale we are agreed that bullying in any form is unacceptable and that all children and young people have the right to feel safe both in and out of school.

This site offers a range of information, contacts and useful links to help children and young people and the adults who live or work with them.

  • If you or someone you know is being bullied you need to tell someone;
  • If you are being bullied or are aware of someone else who is being bullied, tell an adult you trust about what is happening
  • If you are a parent concerned about bullying you are advised to contact the school to discuss the situation. Every school should have an anti-bullying policy on their website which may be a useful starting point.  Search for schools

National Anti-bullying week

Anti -Bullying Week in England is coordinated by the Anti Bullying Alliance (ABA) . The ABA aim to equip schools, colleges and youth service leaders with the resources to encourage youth led anti-bullying initiatives and inclusive attitudes amongst children and young people. They have a range of resources on their website, including campaign packs and information sheets. For more information about Anti-bullying Week, see  Anti-Bullying Alliance

As well as taking part in Anti-bullying week, Calderdale Council continues to work with children, young people and other organisations throughout the year to raise awareness of anti-bullying and reduce its impact. The work includes activities such as drama, training courses and supporting peer mentors to increase awareness and self esteem.

Calderdale Council's Director of Children and Young People's Services, Stuart Smith, says:

"The Council and its Health Service partners know from comprehensive research that bullying in all its forms is something that is of serious concern for young people of all ages. We support all activity that highlights bullying issues throughout the year and are particularly pleased to focus on the issues during Anti-Bullying Week. It is really pleasing to see so many schools and youth groups giving this issue serious attention."

Useful Links

If you need help or advice about bullying, you can contact one of the following services:

  • ChildLine is the UK’s free, confidential helpline for children and young people. They offer advice and support, by phone and online, 24 hours a day. Whenever and wherever you need them, they’ll be there. Call 0800 1111.

  • Childnet International is a non-profit organisation who work to make the internet a great and safe place for children and young people. It has sections aimed at children and young people, teachers and professionals, and parents and carers.

  • Educational Action Challenging Homophobia

    EACH has a freephone helpline for children experiencing homophobic bullying: 0808 1000 143. It's open Monday to Friday 9am - 4.30pm

 The websites below have lots of information and advice for anyone who has had experience of bullying.

  • The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) maintains a website for children and young people, and parents and carers about staying safe online.

  • Guidance for young people and parents on bullying including at school and cyberbullying.

  • The leading national charity providing help and support to anyone caring for children - parents, grandparents, step-parents, relatives - including advice for dealing with bullying.

  • A cyberbullying charity committed to tackling all forms of online bullying and hate campaigns.