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A guide to dealing with bullying: for parents of disabled children

Parents can feel a range of emotions when they discover their child is being bullied. While initial feelings may include isolation, anger, sadness and guilt, it is important for you to remember there is a way forward.

This guide is for parents of disabled children. It contains information about spotting the signs of bullying, the action you can take, your child’s rights and stories and tips from other parents. We hope this guide will give you ideas about preventing and stopping bullying.

We spoke to a number of parents of disabled children who helped us to write and update this guide. The quotes we included are their stories, thoughts and experiences. We thank them for sharing their insight and experience.

Throughout this guide we use the term ’disabled children’. We use this term to include disabled children, children with special educational needs (SEN), children with a medical condition and children with additional needs.