Details: Written by Kelly Worsnop
As we support Anti-Bullying Week this week, let’s find out what it’s all about!
Anti-bullying week is an annual event in the UK, raising awareness of bullying in children and young people across the country. The event, founded in November 2004, is coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance in England and Wales and the Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum.
Why was the anti-bullying week started?
A recent report by the Anti-Bullying Alliance has found that one child in every UK classroom experiences bullying each day, with 30% of UK children experiencing bullying in the last year. Not only this, but research has found that bullying can have a long term impact on a child’s life. Children who were bullied are more likely to experience a range of mental health issues into adulthood, be unemployed and earn less money.
To find out more about the long term impacts of bullying click here
How is anti-bullying week helping children and young people?
Anti-Bullying Week is raising awareness of the impact of bullying in young people. A report published by the Anti-Bullying Alliance has found that 83% of young people think the week has raised this awareness, while 86% of young people think that Anti-Bullying Week helps schools tackle the problem of bullying.
The week has gathered support from the likes of Victoria Beckham, Ant and Dec and Niall Horan further raising awareness of this cause.
What has happened this Anti-Bullying Week?
This year’s theme of “One Kind Word” has encouraged kindness through UK schools. The week kicked off with odd socks day, designed to send the message that all people are unique and different, and older children have been encouraged to share how they’ve embraced anti-bullying week on social media, through the hashtag #AntiBullyingWeek
The Skills Network understands the importance of raising awareness of this cause and has designed a bespoke course to allow those working with children to develop the skills in anti-bullying. To find out more about our anti-bullying course click here