Bullying is a major issue now in many large institutions and schools are no exception. "Almost half of all children and young people (44%) say that they've been bullied at school, according to the Tellus3 survey, carried out in 2008 by Ofsted (the Office for Standards in Education)." http://www.nhs.uk/live-well/bullying/facts.aspx


One local Cambridge organisation with a great deal of expertise in this matter is the pioneering Red Balloon, a Learner's Centre for children who have been bullied. The dedicated and experienced staff provide both advice to parents via their Website *and also to those children who are referred to them (http://redballoonlearner.co.uk/get-help/referring.htm), a safe and positive learning environment. "The aim of Red Balloons is the recovery of bullied children. We provide an 'intensive care' full-time education for children aged between 9 and 18 who are unable to go to school because they have been severely bullied. At least half of the students we take have attempted or seriously considered suicide. We promise the students whom we accept a safe environment with clear boundaries for behaviour, and an individual full-time academic, pastoral and therapeutic programme. Once the students have regained their confidence and are able to cope academically and socially, we support them in their return to mainstream school, their entry to further education or to employment."

* http://redballoonlearner.co.uk/get-help/parents-and-carers.htm


The Red Balloon
Registered Charity No.1070224
49 New Square, Cambridge CB1 1EZ
Tel: 01223 366052
The Centre itself;
Herbert House, 57 Warkworth Terrace, Cambridge CB1 1EE
Tel: 01223 357714

"The Gang"; a story about bullying by Mick Gowar; click here for a review; The Gang

“Bullycide”, a study of bullying;

Useful Websites;

 "Bullying UK is the new name for the award-winning charity Bullying Online” http://www.bullying.co.uk/index.php/about/general/about-bullying-uk.html

Worried about a young person?
YoungMinds provides a telephone helpline service to parents 0808 802 5544


Some families decide to home educate as a result of bullying in school and do so very successfully; http://www.bullying.co.uk/index.php/parents/general/home-schooling.html