Bullying Assessment Tool

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Bullying can vary widely in its severity, frequency and impact.

Most mild incidents of bullying can be handled by students (that is, targets and bystanders) themselves, with minimal support from teachers and where whole-school approaches are in place. More serious bullying requires a proportionately greater response.

Most bullying happens where it can’t be seen by adults, so student reports of bullying should be taken seriously and investigated thoroughly. It’s important to understand exactly what happened, confirm that it was bullying and if so, follow your school’s bullying reporting process. 

The Bullying-Free NZ’s free assessment tool has been developed to support schools’ initial decision making when bullying happens. The tool can be used to assess the severity, frequency and impact of an incident. The school can then develop an appropriate response using its knowledge of the situation and the students involved.

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Bullying assessment matrix

The bullying assessment matrix enables you to assess the severity, impact and frequency of a bullying incident.