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Helpline: 0300 323 0169

Telephone: 0845 225 5787

We are open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday,
and 10am to 12pm on Saturday.

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Information and advice for anyone dealing with bullying

Due to staff sickness and the holiday season, this helpline will temporarily cease to take calls from 22 April 2024 for one month. If your case is urgent, please go to the website where there are lots of useful downloadable guides and details of experts who may be able to help you. Alternatively, if your case is urgent, email us. Contact the emergency services if your life is at risk.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and assure you we will be back soon.

All bullying, whatever the motivation or method is unacceptable

All bullying is unacceptable and should not be tolerated. It can affect anyone and we are all potential targets - whether we are adult, child or the bullying is at school, in the community, at work, on line or at home. Most people understand bullying as behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, that is intended to hurt another individual or group either physically or emotionally.


If you are struggling with bullying, harassment, cyberbullying or anti-social behaviour issues, we hope this website will enable you to identify solutions and remedies along with practical help.

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Information for employees dealing with bullying at work

The National Bullying Helpline has over 20 years experience helping employees and businesses with bullying in the workplace.

Bullying at Work

Help and advice for parents dealing with bullying at school

If you are worried about your son or daughter we can help with practical advice and help you communicate effectively with the school.

Help for Parents

Advice for children with steps to help stop the bullying

If someone is bullying you, its very important that you tell a parent of teacher. Click here for tips on how to deal with bullies

Help for Children

Latest National Bullying Helpline Updates

We are excited to introduce you to our new Ambassador, Paul Gorton of Traitors fame. Click here to read more.

What is Bullying and Harassment?

Bullying and Harassment can be defined in many different ways and can be described as unwanted conduct of behaviour designed to cause harm or distress to another person. It can be characterized as offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an abuse or misuse of power through means intended to undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient. Bullying can be related to age, sex, race, disability, religion, sexual orientation, nationality or any personal characteristic of the individual, and maybe persistent or an isolated incident. The key is that the actions or comments are viewed as demeaning and unacceptable to the recipient.


Bullying falls under four main categories, psychological, Verbal, Physical and Cyberbullying and its effects can have far-reaching consequences. Bullying can have an impact on anyone, children and adults in school or at work. It can seriously affect someone’s physical and mental health. Sustained bullying can cause stress, emotional issues, social problems, physical disorders and in some serious cases, self-harm or even death.

From spotting the signs of bullying to practical advice and more

We offer a free confidential helpline service for anyone experiencing bullying and needing some advice. We also have lots of helpful information on this website covering  a vast range of bullying topics from bullying at school  or the community to effective advice for employees and managers to help identify and stop bullying in the workplace.

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Bullying in the workplace advice for employees

Advice for Managers dealing with bullying at work

Advice for parents that can stop bullying at school

Information about cyberbullying and online abuse

If you believe you are being bullied or harassed at work by a colleague or management, we can help. You may have been Suspended, Dismissed or Disciplined or left feeling you have been treated unfairly. Click here to find ideas, solutions and strategies to ease your work-related stress and help you though the situation. Hopefully this will lead to a solution to your problem.

We specialise in all areas of employment law related to Bullying in the workplace and conflict resolution. From dealing with difficult staff to Independent workplace investigations we can help. If you are a Supervisor, team leader, line manager or Director and you have responsibility for managing staff, you will find guidelines, tips, recommendations and solutions here.

If your son or daughter is getting bullied at school or you are a parent dealing with a distressed child who is being bullied right now. Call us on 0300 323 0169 or download our Parent Guide found under Help Guides. We can help with practical advice that's proven to stop bullying or help you approach the school to address the situation. Whatever your bullying situation, we can help.

Cyberbullying is on the increase - more and more cases are being reported to our helpline by children and extremely worried parents every day. It's a personal attack using technology, which is intended to cause you harm or distress. If you have been the target of on-line abuse or believe you are the victim of cyberbullying. We can offer practical advice and solutions to put a stop to this ecrime.

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Self Harm Amongst Teenagers because of bullying

Work related stress caused by bullying in the workplace

How to deal with bullying on Social Media

Mental Health advice and support related to bullying

Over recent years there was a most disturbing, steep, rise in self-harm statistics among teenage girls, according to BBC News. We have to ask whether some of these statistics are linked to bullying and to a condition The National Bullying Helpline is recognising in the UK called Post Traumatic Embitterment Disorder.

Stress is one on the biggest contributors to long term sick leave in the UK with over half a million workers citing stress, depression or anxiety as a factor to their absence in the last year. For more information about stress related to bullying at work click here as we address the issue of Work Related Stress.

The internet is the devil's playground so do take great care. Social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat allow people to share photos and video instantly around the world. See our guide for those who have been cyberbullied by someone they know.

If bullying is not addressed mental illness can result through the repetition of negative experiences emotions. We are not mental health experts but we would be pleased to signpost you or refer you to experts who can help you. Our core objective here is to help you identify a solution to the problem that is causing you angst and distress.

Bullying Help Guides and template letters designed to tackle bullying

Here you will find Bullying Guides to help you through your current situation. They are well structured and contains sample letters and guidance to assist in almost every scenario. There will be something for you here to help tackle bullying, on or off-line. Before calling our helpline, take a quick look at the documents below.

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Is your child being bullied. A guide for parents

Someone you know is bullying you on-line

What to do if accused of being a bully

How to access information held on file about you.

Designed to walk you through every step of the process and help you resolve the problems your child is facing. This guide includes everything you need to know from setting expectations, the role of the school, how to escalate matters to detailed template letters to the school, Headmaster and Governors or Trustees.

If someone has posted false, malicious or private things about you online and you believe the cyberbully is someone you know or used to be friends with, this can be very distressing. This guide will help you understand what you can do and how to persuade the perpetrator to stop bullying you.

Being accused of bullying can be very upsetting. If you are accused, it may be you're being subjected to a form of bullying yourself. It may be, you need some assistance or additional resources. This document is aimed at assisting those who are accused of bullying – whether it's true or not.

Accessing personal information your employer has on file is called a Subject Access Request (SAR). You have a legal right to ask your employer for this information. This guide explains how to request this information and includes template letters to help the process.

Frequently asked questions about bullying at work

We have put together some of the most commonly asked question we hear at National Bullying Helpline. As specialists in workplace bullying and harassment disputes, we can offer employees practical solutions and support. If you require help and advice with bullying at work and don’t find the answers to your questions here, please call us on 0845 22 55 787.

Call us immediately if you know someone at risk due to bullying

The National Bullying Helpline is a confidential helpline designed to advise about bullying and employment law but in some serious cases, we may take action if we believe someone is in danger. We have an ongoing Service Agreement with the Police so we can act swiftly when there is a potential danger to life. Call us immediately if you know someone at risk due to bullying on 0300 323 0169

The National Bullying Helpline

Call: 0300 323 0169 or 0845 22 55 787

Opening hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
10am until 12pm on Saturday.

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Call the National Bullying Helpline on

0300 323 0169 or

0845 22 55 787

Open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday