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Bullying

It is a sad fact of the education system, both in the private and state sector, that bullying of children at school is on the increase. There may be serious consequences for a child who is a victim of bullying if the issue is not addressed promptly. These consequences can carry over into adulthood and damage the child long-term, mentally and psychologically.

Bullying can range from name calling and verbal abuse to serious physical and/or mental abuse of a child by another child, group of children or even a teacher. This can happen on or off school premises. Parents should be aware of the signs of bullying such as a child being reluctant to go to school, becoming withdrawn, having difficulty sleeping or experiencing a sudden loss of appetite.

Some children struggle academically when they are being bullied. Parents should ensure that all complaints of bullying are addressed in writing with the school. It is always helpful to follow the internal complaints procedures which can be obtained from the school.  If serious damage is caused to the child, whether emotionally, psychologically or physically, a claim can be brought in the courts for damages but these cases are complex and settling out of court can often be a more viable option.

Match Solicitors provide expert and comprehensive legal advice to deal with bullying.

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