Next week is Anti-Bullying Week in the UK.
Organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance – a coalition of organisations and individuals working together to a stop bullying and create safer environments where children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.
This year’s theme is “Choose Respect“. The aims of the week are to support schools and other settings to help children and young people, school staff, parents and other professionals who work with children to understand:
- The definition of respect
- That bullying is a behaviour choice
- That we can respectfully disagree with each other i.e. we don’t have to be best friends or always agree with each other but we do have to respect each other
- That we all need to choose to respect each other both face to face and online
Support in Cambridgeshire
SENDIASS – the county’s SEND information and advice service – says all schools should have policies to stop bullying happening and to explain what actions they will take if it does. These anti-bullying policies are usually available on the school website.
As a parent, you may find it very difficult to deal with. It is natural to feel protective of our children, so if your child comes home complaining of being bullied, of course you will be very concerned. Before deciding what to do, it is advisable to fully discuss it with your child and discuss what to do with your partner, another family member or a friend. Useful information to help you do this on the county council website and at
Locally,Cambridgeshire County Council has formed an Anti-bullying Steering Group – with members from different services – to support schools and other educational settings strategically. The purpose of this is to prevent and reduce incidents of bullying, minimise the effects of bullying and so support children and families affected by it.
This group has developed an anti-bullying resource – largely aimed at schools – on the Cambslearntogether website.
- a definition of bullying
- the different forms and types of bullying
- help for families to recognise signs and symptoms of bullying, what to do and why bullying happens.
- help and information for schools
Other useful information sources:
You can also talk to Cambridgeshire SENDIASS (SEND information and advice service). Contact its confidential advice line on 01223 699214.