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Contacting your child's school

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If the bullying is happening at school, or involves students from the school outside of school, you should let the school know of the situation. Gather the information you have from your child to share with the school.

Bullying is taken very seriously by schools and they can be much more effective when parents report bullying and support their efforts to deal with it.

Schools will work cooperatively with you to resolve the situation and will also work with the other student's parents. However, due to privacy laws, they will not be able to share information with you about any other students involved.

Tips for contacting and working with the school

  • It is important to remain calm and constructive.
  • Check your school website for any information regarding their policy or procedures for managing bullying.
  • Make a time to talk with your child's teacher, school counsellor, guidance officer, deputy principal or the principal.
  • Be as clear as possible about what happened.
  • Ask what steps will be taken and if an action plan is to be developed with home and school strategies.
  • Keep a written record of when you contacted the school, who you spoke to and any agreements that were made.
  • Keep in contact with the school and let staff know if problems continue or something new happens.

For more information go to Tips on how to support your child.

© Bullying. No Way! (www.bullyingnoway.gov.au 2014, Department of Education / Australian Education Authorities)

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Last updated 01 October 2019