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Bullying

The Diana Award  - Supporting Your Child If They Are Being Bullied - A Guide for Parents & Carers

Young people feel they often have to deal with bullying alone, and your child may worry that telling you will make you angry or upset. It is important that you have the tools you need to keep your child safe, happy and free from bullying.

The Anti-Bullying team has put together a guide to help you. In this guide we cover what bullying is; the effects it can have on both child and parent; the role and responsibility of your child's school; finding the right support for your child (whether bullied, bully or bystander); and effectively taking action to stand up against bullying.

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Ditch the Label - Masculinity - Its time to talk to your boys. The moment a guy shows any sign of emotional vulnerability, he is often confronted with comments or insults telling him to “man up”, “stop being a girl” or to “stop crying”. It is no surprise then, that from an early age the ways in which guys process stressful and traumatic situations, such as bullying for example, is vastly different to that of a girl.

 DfE - Advice for parents and carers on cyberbullying 

Equality

How to Raise a Feminist Son - The New York Times We raise our girls to fight stereotypes and pursue their dreams, but we don't do the same for our boys.

Relationships

Relate offers help with family life and parentingYou might be a parent worried about your child's behaviour or how a divorce may impact on your family, or you might be part of step-family and need help adjusting, or you may be arguing with parents or siblings and need support communicating with each other. 

 

Brothers, sisters and autism: A parent's guide to supporting siblings -Having children with and without autism comes with a unique set of challenges. You’re not only faced with doing what’s best for your child with autism, but also with paying attention to the needs of any brothers or sisters. No matter what you call them (neurotypical, typically developing, normal, etc.), these siblings are often dealing with the same struggles and feelings that you do as parents. They, too, feel a sense of loss, confusion, and frustration – all at a time before they’ve had a chance to develop coping skills. These future advocates, potential caretakers, and lifelong friends will establish the longest lasting relationship with your child on the spectrum. Therefore, they need guidance and support from the start. You’re likely to find that supporting your children without autism will prove to be a long-term investment in your child with autism.

 

The topics addressed in this resource include:

• Strategies and resources to help teach your children about their sibling with autism

• Ways to address fairness, share attention, and recognize differences between your children

• Complicated feelings that may come up during family outings, holidays, play dates, and other special events

• Difficult emotions and situations that your children without autism may experience, including negative feelings and violent behaviour

• Ways to facilitate bonding, getting along, and time apart

          • Testimonials from other autism parents

 

Sex

A Parents Guide To Talking With Your Teenager About Sex - a 40 page book with handy hints and practical pointers available to buy online.

Parent-Child Communication: Promoting Sexually Healthy Youth is a publication about sex education and communication, available in a variety of languages

Supporting Positive Sexual Behaviour -  have conversations with a child about what positive sexual activity involves. Start having these conversations as early as your child learns about sex.

Talking to your teenager about sex - NHS choices offers a few ideas on how to start the conversation. 

Girls go along with sex acts, says teacher  A 24 year old secondary school teacher tells the BBC she's shocked by the stories she hears from her teenage pupils. (BBC News - Family & Education 05/10/17)

Are children turning to pornography to educate themselves about sex?  Are boys coercing girls to do things they later regret?

  

 

Schools told not to dismiss sexual harassment 'as banter' - BBC News 15/12/2017

Sexual harassment or violence at school should never be dismissed as "banter", new Department for Education guidance to schools and colleges has stressed.

"Sexting" explicit images and videos of under-18s is illegal, it says, and girls are the most likely victims.

Schools still have a duty to act if incidents outside school are reported. To view the full BBC report, click on the image.

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