Bullying, victimisation and hate crime should not ever be excused or tolerated in our community.

Everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect and the police and its partner organisations take a zero-tolerance approach to matters relating to hate crime and bullying.

Who should I contact to tell them about the issue?

If you feel you have been bullied or victimised that is motivated by prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or other grounds you can report it online as a victim, a witness or on behalf of someone else. you can report it to Dorset Police by calling 101 or visiting their website www.dorset.police.uk.

If you do not feel able to report a hate crime directly to the police you can report it to a Hate Crime Third Party Reporting Centre. Dorset Race Equality Council is one of them you can call them on 01202 392954. Please visit their website by following this link >>

Another third-party reporting centre is Citizens Advice. You can call the “You Report, We Support” AdviceLine: 0808 2787 939 or you can visit their website by following this link: http://www.citizensadvicebcp.org.uk/hate-crime-project/

We all support and encourage the reporting of hate crimes. If you feel you have been bullied or victimised that is motivated by prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or other grounds, please follow this link>>

If you are experiencing bullying at school

School bullying is something that often goes unreported and we all too often see the negative impact bullying has on those involved. As parents, guardians, friends and family members we can all help in tackling the issue head-on. When an individual has taken the brave step to say they are being bullied everybody needs to help and not simply ignore.

In the first instance contact the school and highlight it to the school’s head teacher. If nothing changes then make an appointment to see the head teacher to discuss the issues that are occurring.

Before this meeting, it is always a good idea to visit the school’s website and print their bullying policy. They will state several pledges they undergo to stop bullying in their school. Don’t be afraid to highlight these to the school and challenge them appropriately when there are clear indications that they are not being carried out.

Challenging facts and broken promises can often deal with the issue, as the school realises they are not fulfilling their obligations which they have clearly stated in their policy.

If the problem still exists after the head teacher meeting then you can approach the head of governors who would have agreed on the policy and explained that the pledges by the school to tackle bullying are not being fulfilled.

If problems are occurring outside of school, try for the school to solve the issue first. If it is happening outside of school then it is most likely happening in school.

The following information will be helpful when calling to address the issue

1 -How it is occurring – Text? Email? Phone Calls? Social Media? Physical? Emotional?

2 – What is being said and done?

3 – Who is involved?

4 – How long has it been happening?

5 – Where is it happening in school or out?

6 – What effect it have on those involved?

You can download our “What information will we need” sheet to help you collect as many details before you call. Please follow this link to download>>

Once I have told them what happens next?

Once you have contacted the school and discussed as outlined above they must investigate and should offer you a point of contact. Once this has been established several initiatives can be put in place to solve the issue, and the school will inform you of these. Some schools will offer you weekly updates if not then ask for regular updates.

What can I and other members of my community do to help?

Be prepared to take your preventative action. This may include, but is not restricted to:

1. Talking about bullying openly with the victim and asking about their needs.

2. Report the problem to the school.

3. Contact the school or college to also take action to safeguard those targeted.

4. If it continues arrange to meet the head teacher to discuss.

5. Do not respond to the person targeting you.

6. Keep a diary of events to give to the school.

7. Know expectations set by the school via their website and ensure they are being met.

What happens if the problem continues?

If the school has failed to deal with your concerns and the Board of Governors have also failed there is the option of OFSTED. We would urge that you allow the school time to deal with the issue before taking these steps. Simply challenging them on their own procedure is enough to see real action taking place.

If the problem persists or the level goes beyond bullying and turns into criminal activity that can’t be dealt with locally. Contact the Police on 101 or use the local Police Force website to email the local Neighbourhood Policing Team. Contact us | Dorset Police

If you decide to report officially an officer will contact you to talk through the issue and ask if you have attempted to resolve the issue yourself with the school.

Social media bullying or trolling,

if you are a young person, Childline is your first place to seek help. It is important to remember that anyone can be bullied or trolled on social media. It can be hard to know what to do if it happens to you or someone you know. Childline is a useful site that can help young people to cope with and report bullying. Childline has an excellent resource online to help advise and guide young people if they are being affected by issues online. Please visit their website at www.childline.org.uk. You can also call them free on 0800 1111

Hate Crime:

Hate crime is different to other forms of crime

Hate crime targets people because of their identity – it is a form of discrimination that infringes human rights and keeps people from enjoying the full benefits of our society.

Research has shown that hate crimes cause greater psychological harm than similar crimes without a motivation of prejudice.

Hate crime creates fear in victims, groups and communities and encourages communities to turn on each other.

Prejudice Free Dorset is a partnership organisation that seeks to promote inclusive communities across Dorset.

Report it

Hate crime can be confusing and frightening. By reporting it, you may be able to prevent these crimes from happening to someone else. You can report hate crime online or in an emergency phone the police on 999.

You can also view the British Sign Language Video on how to report a hate crime.

To find out more about a hate crime and how to report it, please visit the Dorset Police Hate Crime web page.