It is a sad fact that bullying at school does happen, regardless of whether a child is in the private or state sector. There may be serious consequences to a child in the event that the bullying is not addressed promptly. These consequences can carry over into adulthood and may damage the child mentally and psychologically in the long term.
Bullying can range from name calling and verbal abuse to serious physical and / or mental abuse of a child by another child or teacher. This can happen on or off school premises. Parents should be alert to signs of bullying such as a child who is reluctant to go to school, becomes withdrawn, has difficulty sleeping or experiences a sudden loss of appetite. Some children struggle academically when they are being bullied.
Parents should ensure that all complaints of bullying are addressed in writing with the School. It is always helpful to follow an internal complaints procedure which can be obtained from the school. That procedure should lead to a final decision and conclude the school's internal procedures.
Thereafter, the matter can be referred to the Local Authority and onto the Local Government Ombudsman.
These procedures can sometimes be daunting. We provide expert and comprehensive legal advice to deal with bullying issues to include drafting key documents.
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