Bullying

Bullying takes place in many forms and to people of all ages, sex, or race. It is when someone intentionally causes harm to others, either verbally or physically.

Bullying can seriously affect a person’s physical and mental health. It can lead to a lack of confidence, poor concentration, withdrawal from friends and family. Some people become very anxious, find it hard to sleep and become depressed.

Although it can be a fairly traumatic experience to be the victim of bullying, it is important to think about why people bully. It may be that they are having problems at home; they might be being bullied else where, they feel bad about themselves and want others to feel badly to so they are taking their own frustrations out on others. Whatever the situation, it is vital that people seek help:

Bullying report

In October 2008, Health Challenge Caerphilly cb hosted a conference that was aimed at key influential partners who would have the ability to influence change, make a difference and stamp out bullying – Bullying! What are we all gonna do about it? The conference focused on bullying with children and young people, bullying in the workplace (and people of working age) and bullying with the elderly:

The conference highlighted that bullying is not just specific to one age group or particular setting and that everyone has experienced or witnessed a form of bullying at some point in their life and that the important issue is to address this effectively.

The attached report has been produced to raise awareness of the issues, to share some of the initiatives that exist and to encourage individuals to take action.

Bullying report 2009 (PDF, 1.6Mb)

 

Children and young people

Bullying in school can take place in many forms:

  • Name calling
  • Teasing
  • Having money and possessions stolen or messed with
  • Being hit, kicked, tripped or pushed
  • Being left out and ignored

Many schools have initiatives in place to deal with bullying such as anti-bullying policies, ‘bully boxes’, a buddy system and specially assigned students or teachers that can help.

Whatever happens:

  • Tell a friend or teacher
  • Try to ignore them and walk away
  • Don’t fight back if you can help it
  • Keep a diary of what is happening
  • Stay with friends and try not to be alone

Pupils of Markham primary school have developed the Challenging Bullying resource to combat bullying in their school. This resource has been shared with all primary schools with training for teachers, lunchtime supervisors and learning support assistants. Work is ongoing to develop a further resource for transition to secondary schools.

For more information contact Sarah Jenkins - Healthy Schools Co-ordinator on 01443 864970 or email JENKIS10@caerphilly.gov.uk

 

The workplace

Bullying in the workplace can also take place in many forms:

  • Being humiliated in front of colleagues
  • Being physically or verbally attacked
  • Being blamed for problems that were caused by others
  • Constantly having your work criticised unfairly
  • Regularly being threatened with the sack

All employers should have a policy on discrimination and harassment and these will have procedures in them to deal with any cases of bullying that should occur.

What ever happens:

  • Get advice
  • Speak to a trusted colleague or trade union representative
  • Keep a diary of what is happening
  • Try talking to the bully
  • Make a formal complaint if things get too bad

 

Older people

Bullying with older people can also take place in many forms:

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse (shouting, humiliation, ignoring, etc,...)
  • Neglect
  • Financial exploitation

Abuse and neglect of an elderly person can happen at home, in hospitals and in nursing and care homes. It can be carried out by nurses, family and friends or by strangers. If you are worried about someone, there are people to contact:

  • Reporting to the police
  • Reporting to social services
  • Make a formal complaint to the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI)

 

Useful phone numbers

Mencap Cymru Wales Learning Disability Help Line 0808 8000 300

National Bullying Help Line 0845 22 55 787