What is bullying?

Salus is a core member of the Anti-bullying Alliance who describe bullying as:

The repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power.

Bullying is different from the everyday conflict or disagreements that can occur between, friends, family members or colleagues.

Describing bullying to children and young people

A straight forward way to describe bullying behaviour to children and young people is that bullying is when you keep picking on someone because you don’t like them or you think you’re cooler, smarter, stronger or better than them.

What does bullying look like?

  • Someone is being hurt, harmed or humiliated with words or behaviour.
  • The behaviour is repeated, two or more times – though it can be a single incident that involves more than one perpetrator or several victims.
  • It is being done intentionally.
  • The person being hurt finds it difficult to defend themselves from the behaviour.
  • The student(s) who are doing it have more power. – Power can be many things such as, social status, being older, being physically bigger or stronger or when a group of pupils gang up on others.
  • Bullying can be face to face, and increasingly in cyber space using a range of technology.

Our experience

Since 2006, our anti-bullying team have been working with schools, colleges, teacher training providers, local authorities and other educational and care settings to enable them to create and maintain safe and supportive learning environments where all children and young people feel safe from bullying and harassment in all its forms.  We work directly with school staff, parents and other professionals working in children’s services to create an environment in which they can teach, work and participate to ensure that children and young people can thrive.

What we do

There are ten components to our anti-bullying service, each element supporting the goal of reducing incidents and the impact of bullying on children and young people, so that they can reach their full academic and personal potential.

Where do I start?

The foundations of successful anti-bullying approaches can be found in the ten elements our anti-bullying offer. Each is designed to help you in planning, implementing and maintaining a safe and supportive learning community, where bullying is not tolerated and its impact is minimised. You can look at an overview of all of the elements of our service below to help you decide which will best meet the needs of your setting or contact our anti-bullying team by phone or email to discuss your needs.


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"The training was excellent, the trainer was very informative, I came away with practical steps and strategies that can help prevent bullying. "

Team Leader, Young Healthy Minds.


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