Bullying, Sexual Harassment & Violence
All bullying is unacceptable and should not be tolerated.
Bullying can include name-calling, teasing, violence, any harmful behaviour that is intended to hurt another individual or group either physically or emotionally.
This can be in person (at School or in the community) It can also be online.
If you are struggling with bullying, harassment, cyberbullying or anti-social behaviour issues, whilst it may be difficult to talk to someone, please talk to a family member or a member of staff at School.
We will talk through support which may be helpful for you
All types of sexual harassment will be taken seriously. This can happen both inside and outside of school.
Sexual harassment can make a child feel violated; intimidated, degraded or humiliated.
Whilst not intended to be an exhaustive list, sexual harassment can include:
- Sexual comments, such as: telling sexual stories, making lewd comments, making sexual remarks about clothes and appearance and calling someone sexualised names;
- Sexual “jokes” or taunting;
- Physical behaviour, such as: deliberately brushing against someone, interfering with someone’s clothes.
- Displaying pictures, photos or drawings of a sexual nature;
- Upskirting (this is a criminal offence)
Online Sexual Harassment
This may be standalone incident or part of a longer-term wider pattern of harassment and/or sexual violence. It may include:
- Consensual and non-consensual sharing of nude and semi-nude images and/or videos.
- Sharing of unwanted explicit content;
- Sexualised online bullying;
- Unwanted sexual comments and messages, including, on social media;
- Sexual exploitation; coercion and threats; and
- Coercing others into sharing images of themselves or performing acts they’re not comfortable with online.
Sexual violence is a criminal offence. All types of sexual violence will be taken seriously.
Sexual violence can display in a number of forms but may include:
- Sexual touching of any part of the body, whether the child is wearing clothes or not
- Forcing or encouraging a child to take part in sexual activity
- Making a child take their clothes off or touch someone else's genitals
- Rape or penetration; flashing, encouraging or forcing a child to watch or hear sexual acts
- Persuading a child to make, view or distribute child abuse images (such as performing sexual acts over the internet, sexting or showing pornography to a child).
If you experience or witness any form of sexual violence, please contact
Bedfordshire Police – any day, any time on 999
We would also encourage you to talk to a family member or a member of staff at School.
We will talk through supporting you with any next steps.
Other places for support:
999 any day, any time – free online chat service too
24/7 Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Line
Provides free, specialist and confidential support for victims of sexual violence or abuse.
Available: any day, any time
Phone: 0808 500 2222
Phone: 08 08 16 89 111
SHOUT is a free, confidential, anonymous text support service.
Available: any day, any time
Telephone: Text SHOUT to 85258.
The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people.
Available: Monday-Friday – 4pm – 11pm
Telephone: 0808 808 4994
The Mix also have an any day, any time crisis messenger service: Text THEMIX to 85258