Joanna Lada-Walicki, partner, Barlow Robbins

Schools must lead troll-hunt

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  • This article is very helpful in reminding schools (including the many lawyers - me included - who are school governors) that they are not powerless to deal with bullying that occurs outside school time and off school premises. Identifying and addressing significant threats to students' well-being outside school should be a key part of any school's safeguarding policy (which should not be focussed exclusively on identifying possible sexual or physical abuse by parents). Schools should also bear in mind that in some cases they may owe their students a legal duty of care to take action against such bullying, where the school becomes aware of it and it can affect the child's welfare or educational progress within school: see Bradford-Smart v West Sussex County Council [2002] EWCA Civ 7.

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