Bullying in schools can have a devastating impact on the victim's mental and physical health, self-esteem, and academic performance.
If your child has been a victim of school bullying or cyberbullying, Monan Gozzett Solicitors can help you take legal action to hold the responsible parties accountable and obtain compensation for the harm caused.
Contact our dedicated team of education lawyers today to find out how we can help,
What Counts As Bullying?
Bullying is a repetitive behaviour that aims to intimidate, harass, or harm someone physically, emotionally, or socially.
Examples of bullying in schools include physical violence, verbal abuse, spreading rumours, exclusion from social groups, and online harassment.
Bullying can also take the form of discrimination or harassment based on race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or other protected characteristics.
Bullying Outside Of School & Cyberbullying
Bullying can also happen outside of school, such as on the way to or from school or during extracurricular activities.
Cyberbullying, which involves the use of digital technologies to harass or humiliate someone, is a growing concern among young people.
It can take the form of sending threatening or insulting messages, sharing embarrassing photos or videos, or spreading false rumours online.
Cyberbullying can significantly impact a victim's mental health, social life, and academic performance.
How Our Solicitors Can Help
At Monan Gozzett, our experienced education solicitors can provide the legal advice and representation you need to protect your child and hold those responsible accountable.
We understand the devastating impact that bullying can have on a child's life, and we are committed to helping victims, and their families obtain justice and compensation for their losses.
Our experienced education lawyers can help you with the following:
- Understand your legal rights and options
- Gather evidence of the bullying, including witness statements, school reports, and medical records
- Negotiate with the school, the bully's parents, or other parties involved in the bullying
- Issue court proceedings if necessary to hold the responsible parties accountable
- Obtain compensation for medical expenses, counselling, lost wages, and other damages
At Monan Gozzett, we're here to provide you with the legal advice and representation you need to protect your child from bullying.
Contact us today to arrange a confidential consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions About School Bullying And The Law
Is bullying illegal?
While there is no specific law against bullying in the UK, schools have a legal duty of care to protect their students from harm, including bullying.
The Equality Act 2010 also prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of protected characteristics such as race, gender, and disability.
Bullying that involves criminal offences such as assault, theft, or vandalism may also be prosecuted as a crime.
Can a school be sued for bullying?
Yes, if a school fails to take appropriate action to prevent or stop bullying or is found to be negligent in its duty of care to its students, it can be held liable for damages resulting from the bullying.
This can include compensation for physical and emotional harm, medical expenses, counselling, and other losses.
Can I sue the parents of a bully?
In some cases, it may be possible to sue the parents of a bully for their child's actions, particularly if the parents were aware of the bullying and failed to take reasonable steps to stop it.
However, this can be a complex legal matter, and it is vital to seek legal advice before taking any action.