Young carers and bullying
Young carers are more likely to experience bullying behaviour. This may include comments targeted at their home situation, but equally other forms of bullying behaviour such as physical abuse, coercion or social exclusion.
What to do if your child experiences bullying
The school has a legal duty to prevent all forms of bullying. For more information see ‘Help with Bullying in School’. In some instances, the bullying behaviour may also constitute a crime and you can contact the police on 101 in a non-emergency, or 999 in an emergency.
The majority of social media platforms have an acceptable use policy, and you can report incidents. If the perpetrators are from your child’s school, the school should take action to address their behaviour. In some instances, the bullying behaviour, whether face to face and/or online, may also constitute a crime and you can contact the police on 101 in a non-emergency, or 999 in an emergency.
In the community
If the bullying is in the community, the local authority has a duty to keep your child safe from harm. If you are worried about the safety of your child, contact your local children’s services team.
Additional information and support
Carers Trust - a charity to support unpaid carers
Help for young carers - NHS advice for young carers
Childline - Childline advice for young carers
ZAP workshops for children impacted by bullying (available online and in the community)
ZAP workshops bring together children facing a similar situation and teach a range of tools to increase assertiveness, build confidence and help manage bullying situations.