The United Against Bullying programme is the Anti-Bullying Alliance’s new whole-school anti-bullying programme. It supports schools to reduce bullying and improve the wellbeing of all children, focusing on those most at risk, including children and young people with SEND, children and young people who experience racist and faith-targeted bullying, sexual bullying, homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, looked-after children, young carers and those on free school meals.
The overall aim of the programme is to establish United Against Bullying Schools. These are schools that have evidenced their work to reduce bullying and improve the wellbeing of all pupils.
The programme is FREE for all schools in England. Participating schools receive:
Access to the online United Against Bullying Hub, including;
A 360° audit and action planning tool
An online pupil questionnaire to ascertain levels of bullying and wellbeing in your school
Anti-Bullying Week 2022 is from 13th-18th November
"Improving Behaviour in School" guidance report by the Education Endowment Foundation (2019)
This report from the Education Endowment Foundation on 'Improving Behaviour in School' argues that bullying can be reduced through a number of approaches, such as:
Effective classroom management
Children and young people being influenced by their peer networks and motivated by social justice
Positive teacher-pupil relationships, using Carol Dweck's research on "growth mindsets".
And that these levers can be more powerful than sanction based approaches.
Stop, Speak, Support campaign
This campaign from 2018 is aimed at 11–18 year old bystanders in online bullying situations, with a supporting campaign for parents. The campaign highlights three simple steps that bystanders can take if they witness bullying – Stop, Speak, Support.
Advice for parents, who would like to reinforce the code's messages, can be found on the NSPCC website here.
Wiltshire anti-bullying podcasts
These podcasts were made for anti-bullying week 2017. Young people talk about bullying and explain what helped them deal with their experiences.
Being a Young Carer
Racism, body shaming and self-harm
The long term effects of bullying
Wiltshire anti-bullying charter
The Wiltshire Assembly of Youth (WAY) helped shape a new charter which was launched during anti-bullying week 2016.
The charter sets out what bullying is as well as a commitment from partner agencies (including schools) to help ensure that individuals and communities respect each other, embrace difference, are inclusive and work together in partnership to reduce bullying.
The charter was distributed to schools in January 2017, along with key messages from young people. Other organisations throughout Wiltshire also received a copy of the charter, which can be downloaded below:
Wiltshire SEN & Disability Champions
Wiltshire Council worked with the Anti-Bullying Alliance during 2015 and 2016 to become Anti-Bullying SEN and Disability Champions. As part of this work we were able to offer additional free training and resources for Wiltshire schools and help reduce reduce bullying in participating schools.
Free courses for both primary and secondary schools in Wiltshire were delivered during March 2017 by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust to help support the emotional wellbeing of children who bully or who have been bullied.
Wiltshire schools provide evidence of how they prevent, monitor and respond to incidents of bullying as part of their Healthy Schools accreditation.
'Bounce back from bullying', Childline's online self-help tool for young people experiencing bullying aims to help young people: understand whether what they are experiencing is bullying; build their resilience; gain help and support from counsellors. The tool asks questions about different aspects of bullying, and gives young people the tools they need, based on their answers, to build confidence and seek support.