Anti – Bullying
Leicestershire County Council have their own Anti-Bullying Team. There website can be found by following this link: http://www.beyondbullying.com/
(disclaimer: We have no control over the content of external websites.)
They ‘…aim to provide an online information service for young people, parents and professionals seeking guidance on bullying. Please explore our site, we hope you find it useful and informative.’
As part of our on-going work in developing the children’s Personal, social, health and economic education, we look at building their relationships with each other in their class, key stage, the whole school and other people they are connected with. A focus on bullying forms a regular part of this teaching, culminating in Anti-Bullying Week which usually occurs during November of each year.
We teach the children to think about and use the word STOP to help them to recognise what bullying is and also what to do if bullying is going on. So,
When children use the word Bullying to describe a situation, we get them to think about STOP; to apply it to what they are describing and think whether what has gone on is in fact bullying.
If it is not, then we help them to firstly see the situation for what it is and then to resolve the situation.
If it is bullying, we will follow it up appropriately. Each situation is different and may call for a slightly different response. At St. Mary’s we take incidents of bullying very seriously and will work with all of those involved to come up with a solution.
To read our Anti-Bullying Policy please click here.
In recognition of our work in this area, we have been awarded the ‘Beyond Bullying Silver Award‘ by the Leicestershire Anti-Bullying Team. The Certificate can be seen in the entrance space at the school.
What follows are a list of links to websites, charities and government agencies who specialise in dealing with bullying. We hope you find them both informative and useful. (disclaimer: We have no control over the content of external websites.)
https://www.gov.uk/bullying-at-school The Government’s official website for Bullying at School.
http://www.bullying.co.uk/ part of Family Lives which is a national membership organisation for professionals working with parents.
http://www.kidscape.org.uk/ Kidscape are the first charity in the UK established specifically to prevent bullying and child sexual abuse.
http://www.childline.org.uk/explore/bullying/pages/bullying.aspx ChildLine is a service provided by NSPCC.
http://www.youngminds.org.uk/for_children_young_people/whats_worrying_you/bullying/about_bullying?gclid=CO6Mh6m2t7sCFYZ52wodRDEAcQ YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/parents/bullying/ The BBC’s website with guidance for parents.
http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/ The Anti Bullying Alliance have three main objectives. They are:
- To raise the profile of bullying and the effect it has on the lives of children and young people
- To create a climate in which everyone agrees that bullying is unacceptable
- To make sure that teachers, youth practitioners, parents, carers, children and young people have theskills and knowledge to address bullying effectively
The website: http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/bullying.html aims to provide a dedicated bullying support ‘hub’, to help those who need support.
The website is a confidential service that encourages those in need to seek help and to connect individuals with qualified counsellors in the UK.