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In July 2017 the DFE published 'Preventing and tackling bullying - Advice for headteachers, staff and governing bodies':

Bullying, especially if left unaddressed, can have a devastating effect on individuals. It can be a barrier to their learning and have serious consequences for their mental health. Bullying which takes place at school does not only affect an individual during childhood but can have a lasting effect on their lives well into adulthood.

By effectively preventing and tackling bullying, schools can help to create safe, disciplined environments where pupils are able to learn and fulfil their potential.

This document has therefore been produced to help schools take action to prevent and respond to bullying as part of their overall behaviour policy.

It outlines, in one place, the Government’s approach to bullying, legal obligations and the powers schools have to tackle bullying, and the principles which underpin the most effective anti-bullying strategies in schools. It also lists further resources through which school staff can access specialist information on the specific issues that they face.

Source: DFE, 'Preventing and tackling bullying - Advice for headteachers, staff and governing bodies'

Lead Officer: Helen Owens, 01384 815936, helen.owens@dudley.gov.uk


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