Bullying incidents: reporting and recording requirements

Understand your reporting and recording responsibilities when it comes to bullying, and see examples of forms to record incidents.

Last reviewed on 13 September 2022
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  1. Your responsibilities 
  2. Examples of bullying incident forms

Your responsibilities 

You must report bullying incidents to the: 

  • Local authority's (LA) children's social care team (and, if appropriate, the police) if you think the incident constitutes a child protection concern – this would be where there's "reasonable cause to suspect a child is suffering, or is likely to suffer, significant harm"
  • Police if the incident could be a criminal offence or pose a serious threat to a member of the public (this applies whether it occurred on or off the school premises)

These requirements are outlined on page 6 of the DfE's guidance on preventing and tackling bullying.

Check with your LA to see if it has any additional reporting requirements – for example, to report racist incidents.

Recording bullying incidents 

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