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Bullying in the workplace

  • Bullying is, sadly, common, but that does not equate to saying it is acceptable. It is never right to allow a bully to make your life unbearable.
  • Trusts have a formal complaints procedure: know it and be prepared to use it. A more senior colleague is only superior to you in experience. They do not have any rights to bully or harass you.
  • Document fully any incidents and be prepared to call witnesses. The bully will be in a much weaker position if you prepare a dossier of evidence showing the bullying occuring over time.
  • Although bullying is often thought to be from a senior towards a more junior member of staff, this is by no means always the case. Intimidation is multi-faceted.

West London Mental Health Trust have produced an excellent report on bullying and harrassment in the Trust, and the measures they have taken to tackle the problem.[1]

Bullying in schools

Children often suffer from bullying. According to a DH newsletter:

"A new systematic review by the Campbell Collaboration shows that anti-bullying programmes in schools are often effective. The authors of the review examined the effectiveness of anti-bullying programs and the intervention methods most likely to reduce school bullying. Their findings lead them to recommend the development of a system of accreditation for anti-bullying programs, supervised by an international body."[2]

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