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Anti Bullying


Please see attached documents for our policy and below for tips and advice to parents/carers and students on how to deal with bullying:

Bullying Week 2016

Top anti-bullying tips 

Tips for children and young people

If you’re worried about bullying speak to someone you trust or call Childline on 0800 11 11

Are you a young person who’s being bullied? Or maybe you’re witnessing others being bullied?

Either way there are ways around it. Here’s our anti-bullying tips for you.

◊ It doesn’t matter what colour hair you have; how you speak; how you walk; how you talk – it is not your fault if you get bullied. We are all different in some way and that’s what makes us amazing.

◊ Whether you are a boy or a girl, old or young, big or small – bullying makes you feel rubbish and it’s okay to be upset about it. The important thing is that you tell someone about it.

◊ If you feel you can, talk to a teacher you trust or your parents, brother or sister. If you don’t want to do that you can always call Childline 0800 11 11 or visit www.childline.org.uk.

◊ Keep a record of what happened, when it happened, and who was involved. If the bullying is online, keep the evidence – save or copy any photos, videos, texts, emails or posts.

◊ It can be tempting if you are being bullied to retaliate – to send a horrible message back to someone, to try and embarrass and hurt the other person, or to fight back. This is not a good idea – you might end up getting into trouble or get yourself even more hurt.

◊ Think about other ways you can respond to bullying. For example, practice saying: “I don’t like it when you say that/do that – please stop.” Think about other people who can help you if you are being bullied – this could be other classmates, or a teacher.

◊ Only hang out with people who make you feel good about yourself. If someone constantly puts you down they are not a real friend and not worth your time.

◊ Be kind to yourself, and do things that make you feel good, relax and make new friends. You might play an instrument; write lyrics; draw cartoons; dance; act or join a sports club. This is your life so make sure it’s the best life possible – don’t let anyone bring you down.

◊ Remember to be kind to other people! Just because someone is different to you – that doesn’t mean you are better than them or have a right to make them feel bad. If you mess up, say sorry. You don’t have to be friends with everyone – but you should always show respect, make it clear that you don’t like it when people bully others, and stick up for people who are having a hard time.


Tips for parents and carers
You can access our free anti-bullying online information
tool at www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/parenttool
Get some advice. There are many organisations that can give you some advice. Contact them if you are worried about bullying and want to talk to someone.
http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/advice parents-carers/
If your child is being bullied or you think they might be, here are some tips on how to talk to them and prevent further bullying.
◊ If your child is being bullied, don’t panic. Explain to your child that the bullying is not their fault and together you will sort this out.
◊ Bullying is never acceptable; and should always be taken
seriously. It is never your child’s fault if they’ve been bullied.
◊ Try and establish the facts. It can be helpful to keep a diary of
events. If the bullying is online, save or copy images and text.
◊ Find out what your child wants to happen. Help to identify steps
you can take; and the skills they have to help sort out the situation.
Make sure you always keep them informed about any actions you
decide to take.
◊ You may be tempted to tell your child to retaliate but this can have unpredictable results.
Your child might get into trouble or get even more hurt. Rather – role play non-violent ways they can respond to children that are bullying them (e.g. “I don’t like it when you say that to me / do that to me. Stop.”); show them how to block or unfriend people if the bullying is online and help them identify other friends or adults that can support them.
◊ Encourage your child to get involved in activities that build their confidence and esteem, and help them to form friendships outside of school (or wherever the bullying is taking place).