If you’re under 18, many of the rights applying to you are listed in the Convention on the Rights of the Child—the United Nations’ declaration on children’s rights. The Education Act and the Discrimination Act also exist in order to protect you from being bullied, violated, harassed, or mistreated in school.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Your Rights at School According to the Convention
1. The development of the child’s personality, talents, and mental and physical abilities to their fullest potential; and the development of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and for the United Nations’ principles.
2. The development of respect for the child’s parents; his or her own cultural identity, language and values; and for the national values of civilisations different from his or her own.
3. The preparation of the child for responsible life in a free society, in the spirit of understanding, peace, tolerance, equality of sexes, and friendship among all peoples.
4. The development of respect for the natural environment.
This applies to all countries that have agreed to follow the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (Source: BO).
The Education Act, Chapter 6
All schools and all adults at the school are to strive to make sure that no student is mistreated, victimised, or violated. Every year, every school is to make a plan with an overview of how the school intends to prevent abusive behaviour from occurring and how the school will react if a student feels violated. A teacher or another adult working at the school who finds out that a student has been mistreated or violated must report it to the principal. A principal who finds out that a student feels they’ve been mistreated in school must report this to the school’s governing body, i.e. the person who is the school superintendent (or similar) if the school is a state school, or the board if the school is an independent school. This person must quickly find out what has happened, how it could happen, and make sure that it stops. The school staff must ensure that such behaviour doesn’t repeat itself again in the future. The staff at the school must not cause a child or a student to be exposed to abusive behaviour. (Source: The Education Act 2010:800, chapter 6.)