Bullying is not just a problem for schools – has clear links to wider anti-social behaviour and crime in local areas. In the second of two articles, Dr Mandy Shaw, Vaughan Clarke, and Graham Moore consider how we must respond

Bullying in schools is not just a school issue; it can impact on anti-social behaviour and crime in local areas and therefore it concerns the whole of society.

A reminder, to start, that bullying is “behaviour that intentionally harms another person, typically with repetition and an imbalance of power” (Smith, 2014).

There is no legal definition of bullying in the UK but four aspects – intention, harm, repetition and power – have become central to our understanding of, and responses to, the issue.

In our first article (SecEd, 2022), we discussed how building emotional intelligence can reduce anti-social and bullying behaviour among young people.

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