The state government has released a statewide Bullying Prevention strategy (PDF 5.3MB) focused on strengthening responses to children’s bullying both inside and outside the school gates.
Bullying prevention requires a whole-of-community response. To develop the strategy, the Department for Education has worked with Catholic and independent school sectors, government departments and non-government organisations.
These public consultations in 2018 shaped the strategy:
- A ‘Keeping children safe from bullying’ conference and community consultation, attended by 900 delegates.
- A public survey through YourSAy.
- An expert roundtable held by the Attorney General.
- A youth consultation by the Commissioner for Children and Young People.
The strategy’s community approach to bullying reflects community feedback, bullying prevention research and best practice.
The strategy’s initiatives
- Providing new bullying resources for teachers, students and families.
- Training and educating teachers, students and families to increase their knowledge and ability to prevent and respond to bullying.
- Increasing both compliance with bullying prevention policy requirements and school accountability.
- Working with non-traditional partners, such as local councils, community services and other government departments, to prevent bullying.
- A partnership with Youth Affairs Council of South Australia to support student-led bullying prevention initiatives in schools.
These initiatives will be implemented from 2019 to 2022.
Where to get help for bullying
Bullying at school or affecting school relationships
- The first step is to raise your concerns with the school.
- If you are unsatisfied, contact the Education Complaint unit.
Counselling and support
- Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800
- Headspace – 1800 650 890
- Lifeline – 13 11 14
- Parent Helpline – 1300 364 100
Serious online bullying
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner has a complaint scheme for children and young people experiencing serious bullying online. They can help remove cyberbullying content from a social media or online service.
- Legal Services Commission of South Australia – 1300 366 424
- Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement – 1800 643 222
- Youth Law Australia
Bullying that may be a criminal offence
If you think the bullying involves a criminal offence, you can report the matter to police.
If you feel you’re in immediate danger, contact the South Australia Police on 000.
If you require police attendance, call 131 444.