Bullying does not only happen in normal school hours, it can happen anywhere. Children who are badly bullied in school are more likely than others to be bullied outside of it too.

This guidance document is aimed at local authority anti-bullying co-ordinators, Children’s Trust anti-bullying leads, and Community Safety Teams. It outlines the possible bullying that might occur in the community and describes steps to prevent it and how to respond to it effectively. This guidance is also relevant for local authority managers involved in commissioning services for children and young people.

This document is part of a suite of guidance on preventing bullying outside schools that includes guidance on tackling bullying in various settings. The guidance builds on the existing advice on bullying in schools as set out in 'Safe To Learn'.


  • Introduction
  • What is bullying?
  • Bullying in out of school settings
  • Why is it important to address bullying in the community?
  • How can bullying be stopped?
  • Further information, advice and support