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Criticized, ignored, intimidated, humiliated, undermined, never valued? Could be bullying

The Welfare Officer

Recognising the benefit of an independent counsellor to whom employees can turn in times of need, the public sector in the UK has a long tradition of welfare officers. However, privatisation and cuts in budgets have often resulted in the restructuring (loss) of this function, which may save money in the short term, but the long term consequences may cost a lot more than any amount saved.

The welfare officer is often one of the first people to whom a target of bullying can turn. The welfare officer is also one of the few people in the workplace who will not immediately judge or try to deny the reality of bullying. If you're being bullied and your organisation has a welfare officer, that person should be at the top of your list.

Welfare officers can help targets of bullying with validation and re-empowerment. To answer the often-asked question Why me?, click here.

Bully OnLine provides a wealth of insight and information on bullying for welfare officers and targets of bullying. This site identifies the serial bully as the principal perpetrator. Everyone knows at least one serial bullying; click here to see who this describes in your life.

Browse Bully OnLine to find out what bullying is ... start with Am I being bullied? then move on to What is bullying? To find out what you can do about bullying, click Action to tackle bullying. Have a look at the profile of the serial bully which is common to harassers, stalkers, violent partners, abusers, and other violent people.

If bullying, harassment, overwork, insecurity, threats and intimidation have resulted in injury to health - often diagnosed as "stress" - see the page on injury to health which tells you about the two types of stress (positive stress and negative stress), and also how stress can lead to suicide. Prolonged negative stress can culminate in a cocktail of symptoms congruent with the diagnostic criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.


The UK Institute of Welfare Officers, founded in 1945, is a professional organisation for Welfare Officers in industry, commerce, social spheres and national and local government departments.

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