Bullying is when someone consistently subjects another person to physical or psychological harassment.
Bullying means that you are excluded from your circle of friends, badly treated and persecuted.
It is not a one-off occurrence, it is systematic mistreatment of an individual.
Bullying can cover anything from being called disparaging names to being subjected to violence.
Bullying by email or text message has also become more common.
It can also mean a person is ostracised.
Bullying is more common than we might think.
A third of all schoolchildren experience some form of bullying while at school.
Many of them bear the scars for a long time, sometimes for their whole life.
So it is important to be aware of the problem.
Signs of bullying
- The child becomes quieter.
- The child doesn’t talk about what’s happening in school.
- Friends don’t come and visit.
- The child stops spending time with childhood friends.
- The child prefers to be at home in their spare time rather than meeting friends.
- The child acquires a whole new group of friends, often somewhere other than the school or place where they have been bullied.
- Recurring headaches or other pains.
- Angry outbursts.
- Loss of appetite.
- Bruises and other injuries.
- Items such as mobile phones, watches or sports kit disappear.
- The child’s performance at school deteriorates.
Source: Health Care Guide (Vårdguiden)
Working with the school, Social Services can provide support to the child and their family – in cases of bullying, the whole family can be affected.
We can support the family and help with contact with the school.
A child being bullied may feel left out and alone, and Social Services can assign them a contact person who will take them out to activities and accompany them in other social situations.
Parents can get advice and support from Social Services’ home therapists to help them cope with difficult situations.
As a young person, you can come and talk to the welfare officer at the Youth Guidance Centre about anything that’s sensitive or that you find hard.
Make an appointment so you can talk about your problems.
The welfare officer is bound by professional secrecy.
That means that anything you talk about will stay in the room, and no-one else will know.
Degrading treatment of pupils by adults in places such as preschools or schools is completely prohibited.
For example, adults must not say nasty things, make threats or use violence.
When a member of staff in a school treats a person less favourably than another person in a comparable situation.
This might happen because a person is bisexual, or was born outside Sweden.
You may also experience harassment at the hands of a teacher, head teacher or other member of staff.
Discrimination can be indirect.
This happens, for example, when rules that seem to be neutral are in fact unfair for people in a particular group, such as girls or women.
The Discrimination Act also prohibits discrimination that you experience because of your family; for example, if your parents are homosexual and you are harassed as a result.
You can also report your school if it does not investigate a report of harassment or take action against harassment by other pupils or students.
Degrading or discriminatory treatment can be reported to the Child and School Student Representative (BEO) and the Equality Ombudsman (DO).
Source: The Equality Ombudsman (DO) and Child and School Student Representative (BEO).
Denna sida uppdaterades 2017-02-12 av Nina Eriksson