Bullying undermines confidence and causes misery and distress. It can affect a child or young person’s attendance and progress at school. It can also have a detrimental impact on a child’s mental health. Fear, isolation, anxiety and diminished self-esteem can lead to self-harm, depression and suicidal thoughts or actions. Research has shown that children who are bullied and/or bully others are more likely to suffer from mental health issue.
The Anti Bullying Alliance (ABA) are official organisers of Anti-Bullying Week. Anti-Bullying Week 2019 is happening from Monday 11th November – Friday 15th November 2019
Latest information about the prevalence of bullying can be found here: Bullying in England, April 2013 to March 2018: Analysis on 10 to 15 year olds from the
Crime Survey for England & Wales
Bullying is a safeguarding issue for schools. Professionals should refer to the Solihull Local Safeguarding Children Board procedures.
- Solihull LCSB procedures for dealing with bullying
- DfE Preventing and tackling bullying: Advice for head teachers, staff and governing bodies. This guidance was updated in July 2017 and outlines the Government’s approach to bullying, legal obligations and the powers schools have to tackle bullying, and the principles which underpin the most effective anti-bullying strategies in schools. It also lists further resources through which school staff can access specialist information on the specific issues that they face.
- The Department for Education (DfE) June 2018) has published a report on the prevalence of bullying across several case studies and schools in England. The DfE commissioned CooperGibson Research (CGR) to conduct qualitative interviews with senior leaders in schools, identified by anti-bullying organisations, as exhibiting some examples of promising practice to combat bullying.
- Bullying and the law
The Anti-bullying Alliance has a useful page with information about bullying and the law for schools and the wider children’s workforce in England.
- Challenging homophobia contains resources and information that will support schools in addressing this issue.
KiVa is a research-based anti-bullying program that has been developed in Finland. There are opportunities for schools in Solihull to become involved through locally accredited trainers working in partnership with Bangor University (official UK licence partners of the University of Turku, Finland). To find out more, please see https://youtu.be/C0B9uNgwUp4 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kent’s framework for developing a whole school anti-bullying policy remains useful for schools and can be accessed here: Model Anti Bullying Policy Kent. It should be used in conjunction with the latest Department for Education advice and guidance for schools about preventing bullying.