Bullying first contact and formal complaint (template letters)

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Template Letter: First Contact and Formal Complaint regarding Bullying

Please note: These have been taken from the Anti-Bullying Alliance

First Contact

Date

Dear (name of teacher or Head)

I believe my son/daughter is being bullied. This is upsetting her/him very much.

I would very much like to meet you to discuss what the school can do to stop the bullying.

(If you have spoken to the school before) I have spoken to the school about my child being bullied (give name of person you spoke to and dates) but no action has been taken/the bullying has not stopped/the bullying is getting worse. (Use any of these points or add your own.)

Please find attached a report of the bullying giving the details of what has happened.

I understand that the school has a duty of care towards my child and do not feel that it is following the law and/or guidance. To stop the bullying, I feel the school could… (see Contact a Family Guide to dealing with bullying: for parents of disabled children for suggestions).

I would like a copy of my child’s school record. Please pass on this request to the chair of governors.

I would also like copies of the school’s behaviour, anti-bullying and special educational needs policy.

(If the school is not doing what it must or should do, give details.)

I am available for a meeting on (give dates).

I would like to bring a friend or adviser with me (give name).

Yours sincerely,

Name

Formal complaint

Date

Dear (name of or Head/chair of governors) depending on the school complaint procedure you may wish to copy your complaint to local authority.

I believe my son/daughter is still being bullied.

My child is: (describe your child in a few lines. Have they changed, start with how they were before the bullying and now).

Bullying to date: (add information from above or attach bullying log)

I know there are patterns to the bullying: (describe).

If this does not stop, I believe that: (add your thoughts about the effects and what might happen).

If you have sought help from a professional such as a GP or CAMHS, include any relevant reports.

I have spoken to the head/school about my child being bullied (give name of person you spoke to and dates) but no action has been taken/the bullying has not stopped/the bullying is getting worse. (Use any of these points or add your own.)

I would very much like meet with you to discuss my complaint and what the school can do to stop the bullying.

I understand that the school has a duty of care towards my child and do not feel that it is following the law and/or guidance. To stop the bullying, I feel the school could… (see A guide to dealing with bullying: for parents of disabled children for suggestions).

(If the school is not doing what it must or should do, give details.)

I am available for a meeting on (give dates).

I would like to bring a friend or adviser with me (give name).

Yours sincerely,

Name