Preventing bullying

Departmental advice on preventing and responding to bullying.



This departmental advice is for:

  • school leaders
  • school staff
  • governing bodies

It applies to:

  • local-authority-maintained schools
    • community schools
    • foundation schools
    • voluntary schools
    • community special schools
    • foundation special schools
  • local authorities
  • academies and free schools
  • pupil referral units
  • non-maintained special schools
  • independent schools
  • sixth-form colleges

It may also be useful for further education and community settings.

The advice outlines:

  • the government’s approach to bullying
  • legal obligations and the powers schools have to deal with bullying
  • the principles which underpin the most effective anti-bullying strategies in schools

Further advice is also available on:

  • supporting children who are bullied
  • how school staff can protect themselves from cyber bullying
  • cyber bullying for parents and carers