This advice, developed by the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC),  is for school and college staff with responsibility for behaviour management, including designated safeguarding leads (DSLs), their deputies, head teachers and senior leadership teams in schools and colleges in England. The PDF, which contains further information, can be downloaded here.

Causing alarm or distress to another on more than one occasion, which they either know or should have known would amount to harassment of the other.

Harassment can include repeated attempts to impose unwanted communications and contact upon a victim in a manner that could be expected to cause distress or fear in any reasonable person.

  • What has happened?
  • Who is involved?
  • What is the nature of previous incidents?
  • Are there any safeguarding concerns? If YES — Refer to Keeping children safe in education and follow local safeguarding protocols

Are there any aggravating factors?

  • Is there evidence of escalating behaviour?
  • Are there any on line elements?
  • Is it sexual harassment? If YES – refer to Sexual harassment guidance
  • Are there any hate elements?
  • What is the impact on the victim?
  • What are the victims’ wishes?
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