Please utilize the resources below to access information and assistance if your child is being bullied.
School District, State, & Local Resources
- School District of Philadelphia, Office of Climate and Safety
Students who have been bullied or witnessed bullying, harassment, and/or threats should immediately report such incidents to the school principal or manager of non-instructional school services. If there is no response, then the incident should be reported to the regional office. As a last resort, please call the district's Bullying Hotline. The information is given to a district investigation team who will contact the school and family to try to correct the situation. The hotlines are available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.
Bullying Hotline:(215) 400-SAFE / (215) 400-7233
Teacher Assault Hotline: (215) 400-STOP
- Office of the Pennsylvania Safe Schools Advocate
The Office of the Safe Schools Advocate (OSSA) was created in 2000 and is now supported by the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), the state’s criminal and juvenile justice planning agency. Kelley Hodge, the Safe Schools Advocate, is available to ensure that victims of school violence get help. The Office of the Safe Schools Advocate has hours from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Staff can accompany parents of victims to hearings and provide information about getting counseling.
Phone: (215) 656-5381 / (877) 730-6315
Address: Office of the Safe Schools Advocate
PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency
School District Educational Center
440 N. Broad Street, Suite #1998, Philadelphia, PA 19130
- Board of Education
If students and families have attempted to reach the Bullying Hotline and/or the Office of Climate and Safety with little success, contact the Board of Education (oversees the District).
Phone: (215) 400-4010
- Pennsylvania Safe Routes to School Program
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs are sustained efforts by parents, schools, community leaders and local, state, and federal governments to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school.
Phone: (717) 787-8065
Community-Based Bullying Resources
- CAP4Kids: The Children’s Advocacy Project of Philadelphia
CAP4Kids helps to provide up-to-date information on many local Philadelphia community agencies that exisit to improve the lives of children, teens, parents and families.
- Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR)
WOAR facilitates regular community workshops for children, youth, and teens. “Say No To Bullying” is an interactive program designed to help students’ problem solve and perform self-inspections of behavior and actions which contribute to unhealthy and unsafe environments.
Phone: (215) 985-3315
- Council on American-Islamic Relationships (CAIR) Philadelphia
CAIR-Philadelphia has taken the lead in addressing school bullying by providing Community Empowerment workshops and Direct Legal Advocacy. The Muslim Youth Leadership Program offers 2 hour anti-bullying programs for youth ages 12-16, focusing on how to deal with bullying in a school setting.
Phone: (267) 515-6710
- Department of Human Services (DHS) Support Centers – Community Youth Programs
DHS supports a variety of youth development and after-school programs that provide safe and constructive activities for youth.
Phone: (215) 683-4000
- Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools
Providers Specializing in Bullying
- Equilibria Kids: Psychologist & Consultation Services
Through Equilibria Kids, experienced therapists work with children and their families to clarify the reasons behind bullying and develop solutions to address the underlying issues and emotions. A wide range of services are offered to meet the various needs that children/teens may have, whether they are behavioral problems, social problems, emotional issues, or more complex mental health issues.
Phone: (267) 861-3685, Option 1
Address: 525 South 4th Street, Suite 475 Philadelphia, PA 19147
- Bryn Mawr Psychological Associates, Child & Adolescent Services
Bryn Mawr Psychological Associates specialize in treating a wide range of emotional and behavioral concerns.
Child & Adolescent Services, School Problems: http://www.brynmawrpsych.com/school.html
New Referrals: (610) 525-4828 #9
Main Office Number: (610) 525-4828
Address: 14 South Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 205 Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
- Council for Relationships (CFR)
CFR offers services to children, adolescents and families at 12 locations. Children may benefit from addressing problems that arise in the school setting including study habits, bullying, and social skills and autism spectrum.
Phone: (215) 382-6680 ext. 1
Address: 4025 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Behavioral Health Resources
- Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY)
PCCY has developed a series of resource guides to help parents, school nurses and counselors, early education professionals, health care providers and others who care for children find a behavioral health care provider.
- Greenridge Counseling Center
Children's behavioral health services are available. These services are child-sensitive, family-focused and culturally-sensitive.
Address: 6122 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19128
Phone: (215) 487-1330
- Intercultural Family Services
Through family- and community-based approaches these resources and programs, such as Music & Mentorship, help to provide unique opportunities for Philadelphia-area youth.
Address: 4255 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 386-1857 (8490 or 1298- Behavioral Health Clinic)
National Sources for Bullying Information
- The Stop Bullying Now Campaign
This website provides information from various government agencies on your state’s anti-bullying laws and policies, which of the key components they contain and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.
- Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE)
A national initiative led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which takes a public health approach to preventing youth violence before it starts.
New Jersey Sources for Bullying Information
- New Jersey Department of Education Bullying Policy and Resources
The New Jersey Department of Education provides information and resources to help aid schools establish Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) policies.
- New Jersey Coalition for Bullying Awareness and Prevention
This Coalition exists to increase community awareness of bullying as a common and serious problem and to advocate for the implementation of effective bullying prevention approaches in New Jersey. Resources for parents, families, organizations, school systems, advocates and researchers can be found.
- New Jersey Anti-Bullying Laws & Policies
This National Bullying Prevention site details anti-bullying laws in New Jersey.
- Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), Central New Jersey Chapter
Access this site for resources to help make every school a safer environment and a community where every student is accepted and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
- New Jersey's 24/7 Peer Support & Suicide Prevention Hotline
Specialists are available for confidential phone couseling and support 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.
- New Jersey Children’s System of Care
Behavioral and mental health resources that include bullying, child abuse prevention, eating disorders, mental health, self injurious behavior and suicide prevention.