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    Q459: I am being bullied at school and I am afraid to tell anyone, what should I do?

    The most important thing is to tell someone about the bullying. If you do not feel comfortable telling your parents, you may find it easier to talk to a teacher, friend or trusted adult. They will be able to talk things over with you and perhaps help you tell your parents. Once someone knows about the bullying, things can start to improve.

    It is important the school is aware of what is happening, as they have a duty to ensure your safety and wellbeing whilst in their care.

    Your teachers can help and support you and take immediate and appropriate action to make the situation better.

    There are organisations that provide help and support and you can talk to specially trained counsellors about the problems you are having. They will offer you advice on what to do, who to tell and how to tell them. It is sometimes easier to talk to a stranger than a friend or your parents.

    Childline 08001111 - available 24 hours a day
    Samaritans 116 123 or email

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