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
For all other incidents, choose an approach