Bullying on school journeys
Bullying can happen anywhere. If your child is reluctant to go to school, asks you to go with them, wants to leave home earlier or later or comes home upset, with lost belongings, torn clothes or unexplained injuries they may be being bullied on the school journey.
Keep a watchful eye and find time to gently ask your child whether anything is worrying them about the school journey. Look out for changes in their usual behaviour.
If they tell you they’re having a difficult time on the school journey take it seriously. They may not use the word bullying but might talk about name calling, being pushed around, having their belongings taken from them. Disabled children and those with special educational needs can be especially at risk. Let them know that you are here to help and that together you will make it stop.
Your child has a legal right to be safe on their journey to school. Bullying is a safeguarding issue. This means it is everyone’s responsibility to keep your child safe wherever they are. There is also a new emphasis on ‘contextual safeguarding’ which means looking at all areas including physical spaces where a child may be at risk.
If your child is being bullied on the school journey, tell the school. They have powers to discipline children for behaviour outside of the school gates. If your child has been harmed or is at risk of harm they have a legal duty to take action. .
Bullying can be criminal. If your child is physically harmed, sexually assaulted or threatened with harm contact the British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 60 for railways, or 101 for the police. If your child is in immediate danger dial 999.
Parent Advice Line
Guidance and support for parents and carers of children facing a bullying situation. Call 020 7823 5430 (Mon-Thurs, 9am-1pm, calls charged at local rate) or email the Parent Support Adviser.
ZAP assertiveness workshops (in the community) for young people aged 9-16
6% of young people experience bullying daily. A ZAP workshop offers practical assertiveness skills so that young people are able to deal with bullying situations effectively.