This year's National Anti-Bullying Week provides a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness and take positive steps towards reducing the prevalence of intimidating behaviour in schools and colleges across the country.
Bullying can manifest itself in many ways; there is often no rhyme or reason as to why a child is victimised and sometimes it's difficult to spot the signs.
Unfortunately, children are not always forthcoming in telling their parents or carers that something is wrong and bullying can often make a child feel helpless. They sometimes try to handle the situation on their own as may feel that they are taking back control in doing so rather than approaching a trusted adult. The signs of bullying can also represent other difficulties a child may be experiencing therefore it's important not to jump to this conclusion straight away.