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My Mind Check can tell us if a student is expressing concern about peer relationships at the time of their check-in.

Issues within friendships and peer interactions can be a normal, and sometimes challenging, part of growing up. However, peer victimisation, or bullying, is never okay.

Peer victimisation is indicated by behaviours that are targeted and repeated. These behaviours can include aggressive behaviour, social isolation, and exclusion.

As school staff, you will be aware that incidents of peer victimisation can significantly impact student emotional wellbeing. However, these situations can be challenging to support from a school perspective.

School staff can help reduce peer victimisation issues by recognising the difference between a normal relationship difficulty and peer victimisation, and calling out bullying behaviours as you see it.

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Effective support of a student experiencing peer victimisation depends on the extent and specific circumstances of the interpersonal interactions and your school.

Support also depends on your student’s physical and mental health needs and their personal circumstances. We encourage schools to work collaboratively with students and their families to explore and communicate support options that best support their needs.

See our carefully selected fact sheets for more information on this topic. Additionally, resources from other pages on this website (for example, anxiety or mood) may be applicable to your student.

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Fact sheets

What schools can do about bullying

Information on whole school strategies, including role models, safety and supervision, cyberbullying and working with families
5-18 years

Bully Stopppers: schools

Information for schools to help them understand, prevent and respond
5-18 years

Service finders

If you are seeking support on behalf of a student who reports concerns relating to peer victimisation, use these service finders to explore what services may be appropriate. Most of these services are general in nature so can support students with the diverse range of presentations that can occur when peer victimisation is experienced. 

Head to Health

Provides resources to help your student understand and manage what they’re feeling and connect them to mental health support

Headspace

Find a headspace centre for your student. Headspace centres are located throughout Australia and are staffed with people who are trained and ready to help

Headspace Regional Phone Counselling Service

Provides support to students living in areas with less accessibility to mental health services by providing digital mental health support via credentialled clinicians during school hours

Find a GP (General Practitioner)

Find a GP suitable for your student’s needs, with options to search for bulk billing practices, opening hours, access needs, and location

Find a Psychologist

Find a psychologist suitable for your student’s needs, with options to search by issue and location. Your student may wish to see a GP prior to making an appointment with a psychologist, to gain a referral or Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP)

Report online harm to eSafety

eSafety can help you deal with different types of serious online abuse, as well as guiding you through the steps for reporting this behaviour. Use this service for your own reporting or share this with a student who is seeking support for online peer victimisation