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Every member of the school community has a right to feel safe and protected from bullying. Bullying can have long-lasting effects on those involved. Bullying can take many forms and it is important to take a stand against this anti-social behaviour and to develop strategies for dealing with conflict situations.

The National Safe Schools Framework provides for the development of whole-school collaboratively developed policies and procedures for supporting safety and wellbeing and for responding to incidents of harassment, aggression, violence or bullying.

Bullying is really all about using power in various ways to cause psychological and/or physical harm. Bullying can be verbal, physical or can even happen online.

You can tell if something qualifies as bullying by considering these three components:

  • the misuse of power in a relationship
  • it is ongoing and repeated
  • it involves behaviours that can cause harm.

Learning how to be a respectful and responsible member of the school community leads to a safe and supportive learning environment where everyone can thrive.

Find out about

  • Strategies and tips for dealing with bullying
  • School-wide approaches and campaigns to stamp out bullying
  • Ways parents can talk to their children about bullying
  • Online support services for students who are bullied or who bully
  • Bystander action in bullying situations

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