Podcasts explaining what it’s like to experience bullying first hand are being shared by Wiltshire’s young people to mark Anti-Bullying Week.
This year’s national theme is All Different, All Equal and Wiltshire’s young people have been working with us to record their views on what it’s like to be bullied and what support they found helped bring them through those experiences.
To mark the week we are holding a young people’s event on Wednesday (15 November) at County Hall, Trowbridge when representatives from the Wiltshire Assembly of Youth, Children in Care Council, Youth Safeguarding Board and Healthwatch Young Listeners will be sharing their views. The meeting will discuss pressure from society and how it affects young people in Wiltshire.
Laura Mayes, cabinet member for children said: “Young people today have very different pressures from just 10 years ago with the potential for online bullying at any time of day.
“Although we have a number of initiatives, we can’t be complacent. It’s important we work closely with young people to ensure we are doing everything we can to provide support and prevent bullying. I’m very grateful to our young people who have shared their experiences and for the advice they have provided so we can continue to make changes to combat bullying.”
Our current and ongoing work includes:
- Encouraging schools to provide evidence of effective anti-bullying work through the Wiltshire Healthy Schools programme
- Provision of local guidance on writing and developing school anti-bullying policies
- Providing Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education schemes of work
- Providing central training for teachers
- Linking schools with training from organisations including Stonewall and Brook to address homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HTB) bullying
- Work with Wiltshire Police to support school presentations and promote local campaigns
- www.onyourmind.org.uk website for pupils with section on bullying
- Healthy Life, Healthy Mind posters/leaflets signposting to national support
- Enhanced counselling provision, using transformation funding, including online counselling for all secondary school pupils from Kooth
- Secondary School peer mentoring from Kidscape (a national charity providing children, families, carers and professionals with advice, training and practical tools to prevent bullying and protect young lives) and the Wiltshire Primary School Mentoring Scheme.
National Anti-Bullying Week is run by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. Martha Evans, national coordinator of the Anti-Bullying Alliance said: “When we spoke to children, again and again they told us they wanted Anti-Bullying Week 2017 to focus on celebrating what makes us all unique. Being able to express yourself should be every child’s right, free from fear of bullying or ridicule, and yet many children struggle to find that acceptance. We’re looking forward to seeing how schools take action to put this right, and showing how we are ‘All Different, All Equal.”
The podcasts have been put together by two of our young people covering different aspects of bullying including: