The theme for Anti-Bullying Week 2018 was Choose Respect.
Stop, Speak, Support campaign
The campaign is led by the Royal Foundation, with support from partners, including NSPCC, Google, Facebook, Snapchat and the Diana Awards. It 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.
The main campaign website can be viewed at https://www.stopspeaksupport.com/
For schools, teaching materials to support the campaign, as part of Anti-Bullying Week, have been developed and can be found here on the Anti Bullying Alliance website.
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
All Together Schools
During 2017 Many Wiltshire schools signed up to the All Together programme to reduce bullying and improve the wellbeing of pupils, particularly disabled children and those with SEN.
Schools were able to access free online resources and training.
Access was provided to:
- The All Together Online Hub which supports schools to create an action plan
- Targeted resources to help tackle bullying
- Access to the All Together Pupil Wellbeing Questionnaire
- Online CPD-certified training for all staff, including a module on cyberbullying
Schools conducted a pupil wellbeing survey and anti-bullying baseline audit, towards the end of 2017, before developing an All Together Action Plan. During the summer term (2017/18) schools conducted a second anti-bullying audit and wellbeing survey to evaluate the impact of the work for pupils. the ABA will assess the results and award successful schools with All Together School status in September 2018.
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.
Other useful resources
Kidscape are able to support secondary schools develop sustainable peer education programmes, based on the approach they used with Wiltshire Thrive schools. Details of the current offer here.
Links to many resources to help schools implement a wide range of anti-bullying practice can be found here: http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/resources/
Free online training: www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/onlinetraining
'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.
Resources, including primary and secondary lesson plans, to help schools address homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying from EACH: Inspiring Equality in Education: School pack (EACH, 2016)
HBT training for Wiltshire schools from Brook
ImWithSam learning materials to tackle autism and learning disabilities hate crime in the classroom (KS3)