Anti-bullying support and advice
The NSW Department of Education brings together evidence-based resources and information to support NSW schools, parents and carers, and students to effectively prevent and respond to bullying.
Information on the current research can be found in the NSW Department of Education's literature review, Anti-bullying interventions in schools - what works?External link
What is bullying?
Bullying has three main features – it:
- involves a misuse of power in a relationship
- is ongoing and repeated, and
- involves behaviours that can cause harm.
Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert).
Bullying can have a lasting impact on everyone involved, including those who witness it. That is why it is important to work together to create safe school communities for everyone.
Some behaviours, while not bullying, are conflicts that still need to be addressed and resolved. Examples include:
- mutual arguments and disagreements (where there is no power imbalance)
- not liking someone or a single act of social rejection
- one-off acts of meanness or spite
- isolated incidents of aggression, intimidation or violence.
Please see SGHS Anti Bullying Plan attached: Anti Bullying Plan SGHS (pdf)