This guidance is designed to help schools support learners with SEN and disabilities to: understand, prevent and respond to bullying of children with SEN and disabilities; increase the participation of all learners in the life of the school; promote equality and diversity; and develop a non-bullying ethos.

Safe To Learn is a suite of guidance materials for mainstream and special schools. It consists of an overarching document, Safe to Learn: Embedding anti-bullying work in schools, and supplementary guidance. This document forms the supplementary guidance on identifying and dealing with bullying involving children and young people with SEN and disabilities (SEND) and provides practical guidance on dealing with allegations of bullying.


  • Summary
  • Introduction
  • Legal duties and guidance relating to learners with SEN and disabilities – what this means for your school
  • Prevention
  • Responding to bullying – actions and afterwards
  • Resources
  • Useful websites