28 September 2017
Anti-Bullying Week 2017 runs between the 13th and 17th November and is organised by Anti-Bullying Alliance.
The aim of this year's theme is to promote difference and equality in schools with the tag-line...
'All Different, All Equal'
To support this theme the Anti-bullying Alliance have produced some resources for schools which can be downloaded here: Resources for Schools
Data from the 2016 Somerset Children and Young People Survey tells us that:
- children and young people are more likely to be bullied if they are in care, a young carer or are LGBT
- appearance and the way you look is the most common reason that someone is bullied so is often linked to issues about body image
- children and young people that identify as having low-medium self esteem are more likely to be bullied and are the same young people who are less likely to know who to talk to in school
Other ways to promote an anti-bullying culture in your school:
Bullying is closely linked to feelings of negative self-worth, emotional issues and anxiety so if you have done so already, this is a perfect time to:
- Adopt a 'whole school approach' to emotional health and wellbeing - Framework for promoting a 'Whole School Approach' to Mental Health
- Promote the 'Little Book of Life Hacks' so that young people can explore ways to support their own wellbeing and that of a friend.
- Promote resilience and ways to manage stress - Check out: The Resilient Classroom. Young Minds: have produced free, accessible resources including practical tools, case studies, film clips, and downloads on Academic Resilience. - Click here to access the resources. Boing Boing also have schools-based resilience projects. Click here to find out more
- Sign up for the Somerset Children and Young People Survey 2018 so that you have a better understanding of the health and wellbeing needs of your school population. Take part in our bullying survey and find out how to sign up
Websites that support young people who are being bullied:
Childline - provides online support and resources for young people that cover different types of bullying
Bullying.co.uk - offers general advice and the chance to read tips developed by other young people about how to deal with bullying
Kidscape - helps young people work through friendship issues that turn into bullying
Follow the anti-bullying week events on social media using #antibullyingweek and #abw17.