Anti-Bullying Week in England is coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and this year takes place from the 13th-17th November.
To help parents and carers have conversations with their children about bullying – both as a way of preventing bullying, and to help children who are worried about bullying in a situation and their environment.
To encourage ‘talking schools’ where all children and young people are given a safe space to discuss bullying and other issues that affect their lives, and are supported to report all forms of bullying.
To raise awareness of the impact of bullying on children’s lives if they don’t tell anyone it’s happening – or if they are not given appropriate support – with a focus on the impact on mental health.
“The repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power”The Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) definition of Bullying
Information for parents and carers on bullying
What do we teach the children across your school?
Bullying includes a whole range of behaviour from name calling and spreading rumours through to spitting, cutting or sticking chewing gum in someone’s hair, groping and unwanted touch, hitting, kicking and pushing, manipulation and bribery. Bullying behaviour can be criminal behaviour if you are harmed or threatened with harm and is always a child protection issue.
Bullying is not just something that children and teenagers go through. It is well researched that bullying causes long term damage to both the person on the receiving end, and those that bully. It is not your fault if you are bullied. Children should never be told to just ignore it, or to change who they are.
It is the people...
It is the people around you that need to change their behaviour and their attitude. This is particularly true if the bullying is targeted at your gender, sexuality, race, faith, impairment or special educational need. Anti-Bullying Week is 14th – 18th November.
HELP FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
ChildLine is the UK’s free, confidential helpline for children and young people. Trained volunteers are on hand to provide advice and support, by phone and online, 24 hours a day. Call ChildLine on 0800 1111 or visit www.childline.org.uk
HELP FOR PARENTS & CARERS
Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA)
The ABA website has a specific advice page for parents and carers about bullying. This includes our new guide ‘Information for parents and carers on bullying’ produced in partnership with Red Balloon Learner Centres.
Family Lives is a national charity that works for, and with, parents. You can get support and advice from the Parentline helpline on 0808 800 2222 or visit www.familylives.org.uk
Kidscape works UK-wide to provide individuals and organisations with the practical skills and resources necessary to keep children safe from harm. It runs assertiveness training courses for children and young people under the age of 16, their parents or carers, and those who work with them.
Children’s Legal Centre
The Child Law Advice Line provides free legal advice and information covering all aspects of English law and policy affecting children.
YoungMinds offer free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice, to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25.
HELP FOR PARENTS & CARERS OF DISABLED CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Contact a Family
Contact a Family have developed a guide, as part of a programme of training and support with the Anti-Bullying Alliance, for parents and carers of disabled children which gives information about dealing with bullying.
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