It can be:

  • Physical: hitting, kicking, taking things
  • Verbal: name calling, insulting, making offensive remarks
  • Indirect: spreading nasty rumours or stories, excluding from social groups, sending malicious emails or text messages

All schools and services in Nottingham are anti-bullying, schools, services and families must work together to prevent it from happening.

The Warning Signs

Bullying is a difficult and sensitive issue which children are often reluctant to talk about. But there are signs which may suggest your child is being bullied:

  • Reluctance to go to school, including frequent complaints of headaches or stomach aches
  • Behavioural difficulties for no obvious reason
  • Injuries with no feasible explanation

Taking Action

If you believe your child is being bullied, you should:

  • Talk to your child calmly about what is happening
  • Reassure your child he or she has done the right thing by telling you about it
  • Make a note of what your child tells you
  • Encourage your child to report anything to the teacher
  • Make an appointment to see your child's class teacher or the headteacher

What to Say

Tell children to walk away, tell a teacher, adult or friend and to avoid fighting.

Parents- listen to your child, comfort them and tell them that you are there for them.


  • Talk to your child about their school day
  • Teach your child to be kind and respect others from a young age
  • Teach your child that bullying and prejudice are unacceptable

More Advice and Support 

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