Bullying presents itself in many different forms and unfortunately occurs in many primary and secondary schools.
Children who are being bullied often find it very difficult to tell anyone, because they believe things will get worse if the child doing the bullying finds out. They can feel ashamed and embarrassed about what is happening and this is what the bully relies on.
The Essex Anti Bullying Steering Group defines bullying as "any behaviour which is perceived by the targeted individual or any other person, as intending to hurt, intimidate, frighten, harm or exclude. It is usually persistent and an abuse of power, leaving the targeted individual feeling defenceless."
Are you a concerned adult or a child affected by bullying?