Keeping your child safe from bullying

If you are worried your child is being bullied there is plenty of support available online, from schools and from other professionals your child may come into contact with.

What is bullying?

The Anti-Bullying Alliance defines Bullying as the "repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. It can happen face to face or online."

Bullying can take the following form:

  • Physical: behaviours such as hitting, pinching, pushing, etc.
  • Verbal: name calling, spreading rumours, belittling etc.
  • Emotional: isolating others, tormenting, humiliation etc.
  • Sexual: homophobic abuse, inappropriate touching etc.
  • Indirect: talking about others behind their back, isolating others etc.
  • Online: sending nasty e-mails, sharing photos etc.

Steps to take if you suspect your child is being bullied

Here is advice on how to handle the situation;

  • Try and establish the facts
  • Listen and reassure them that coming to you was the right thing to do
  • Find out what your child wants to happen
  • Assure them that the bullying is not their fault and you will support them
  • Reassure them that you will not take any action without discussing it with them first
  • Don't encourage retaliation to bullying
  • Discuss the situation with your child's teacher or Head teacher - or the lead adult wherever the bullying is taking place.

Further Support

There is plenty of online resources that will help you to support your child.

Anti Bullying

Advice on what to do if your child is being bullied, or your child is the bully.

General advice around bullying in an FAQ style.


Some parents/carers guides including tips for children, parents/carers and grandparents

What to do if you are worried about a child

If you think a child is being abused or mistreated or you have concerns about a child’s well-being please contact one of the numbers shown on this page.

Your phone call could help to safeguard a child who may be at risk.

If the situation is immediately dangerous for the child then ring 999 and ask for the Police.

If the child is not in immediate danger contact:

Children's Hub

  • Monday to Friday during office hours - 0161 342 4101
  • Monday to Friday outside office hours and weekends and public holidays – 0161 342 2222
  • GM Procedures Manual
  • Safeguarding concerns can be reported to the Children's Hub using the Online Electronic Referral form