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Anti-bullying Bulletin:Spring Term 2015


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Bullying and mental health

We know that bullying can have a detrimental impact on children and young people’s mental health. We also know that children and young people with mental health issues are more likely to be bullied.

As part of their SEND programme ABA has produced a suite of resources relating to bullying and mental health for schools and other professionals, in partnership with CAMHS Evidence Based Practice Unit (UCL and Anna Freud Centre) and Common Room Consulting.

To access these documents visit:

Free online training for professionals

As part of the SEND programme, ABA has FREE training for the children's workforce. The training is FREE to complete online from any computer/tablet and includes modules on bullying and the law, prevention and response. You can complete them at your own pace.

To find out more about the training and how to register please visit:

The training includes five modules that take between 30-40 minutes to complete:

  • What is bullying?
  • Bullying and the Law
  • The 10 principles to reduce bullying of disabled children and those with SEN
  • Preventing bullying of disabled children and those with SEN
  • Responding to bullying of disabled children and those with SEN
NCB guidance to help schools promote social and emotional well-being

The NCB Partnership for Well-being and Mental Health in Schools has worked with leading academic Professor Katherine Weare to develop new guidance to help school leaders with developing a holistic approach to mental health and well-being that engages with pupils, families and staff.

Introduction to iRights campaign

iRights, based at the National Children’s Bureau, is a new civil society initiative that provides a framework of five simple principles for how we should engage with children and young people (under 18s) in the digital world. Supported by a broad coalition of partners representing both adults and young people, iRights puts young people’s needs at the centre of how everyone can behave when they design, deliver and consume digital content and services.

We have a social contract with the young. This is expressed in international agreements, domestic legislation and in our cultural behaviour.iRights extends this contract to the digital world. It combines rights, responsibilities and resilience to ensure the young are empowered to make the most of the opportunities the digital world offers whilst also managing risks effectively.

Our vision is a future where all young people have the fundamental right to access the digital world creatively, knowledgeably and fearlessly.

The iRights framework contains five simple principles:

  1. The right to remove
  2. The right to know
  3. The right to safety and support
  4. The right to make informed and conscious choices
  5. The right to digital literacy

iRights is not creating new rights. The rights of under 18s already exist legally and culturally. What is new is the how iRights reframes these rights for the digital world in simple, universal language that everyone can use to guide their own activities. ABA have signed up to Rights.

To learn more, sign up and be part of their growing coalition, visit their website:

Free “Being Me” anti-bullying resource

Being Me is a free anti-bullying classroom resource available to download at the bottom of the page that seeks to celebrate difference and promote inclusion by giving young people in years 5-8 an invaluable insight into the potential challenges being faced by their peers. Led by Kidscape, Being Me is the result of a partnership with four other charities: Carers Trust, Diversity Role Models, Potential Plus and The National Autistic Society.

It offers young people five powerful diary entries and short stories that aim to raise awareness of bullying and give readers a greater understanding of what life is like for other children: life with autism; life as a young carer; life at the end of homophobic taunts, or life when you're the most able or gifted and ostracised as a result

Tootoot anti-bullying app for schools

Tootoot is an online anti-bullying tool and mobile application for schools, which allows students to report Bullying or any other incidents directly to their school. Students are anonymous and safe when reporting with tootoot.

Tootoot is currently rolling out this tool to schools across the UK. To date, tootoot has proven to be 6 times more effective than face-to-face reporting. Since its launch in September 2014, schools using tootoot have seen a drop in bullying-related non-attendance by as much as 60%.

Simply, this means since embedding tootoot into a school, for every 5 students who would have been absent due to bullying related incidents, 3 students now attend on a regular basis due to feeling confident in being able to report and resolve incidents.

For more information or to book a free demo of tootoot please visit:

In the News
Choose kind

An award winning school in Barking has been named as the ‘kindest in the country’. The school won a competition launched by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and Random House designed to inspire staff and students to tackle bullying.

Inspired by global bestselling novel Wonder by R.J. Palacio, the school placed a special Wonder tree in their school corridor which students used to display their Choose Kind work.

More pressure on English girls to have sex

English girls are more likely to be forced to have sex, be attacked by their boyfriend or get involved in sexting than those in Europe. Four out of ten English teenagers have been coerced into sex – with the same number sexting, according to research by the NSPCC.

One in five have suffered physical violence or intimidation from boyfriends and many said the pressure to have sex was so great it almost became “normal” and in some cases so was rape. Researchers interviewed 100 English teenagers as part of the study, which questioned 4,500 young people from England, Norway, Italy, Bulgaria and Cyprus. (Mail, Mirror, Telegraph, Times)

Government plans sex consent lessons for 11-year-olds

Children as young as 11 are to be given lessons about rape, in which they will be taught that dressing provocatively does not imply consent to sex, under plans to be introduced in schools within weeks.

The Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, has commissioned guidance advising schools they should teach pupils about “rape myths” before they are sexually active, as otherwise it may be “too late”.(Guardian, Independent, Mail, Mirror, Telegraph, BBC News)

Children who say they feel pressured into online bullying

One in seven children admit they have bullied someone online, with many doing so to try to fit in, according to a poll. Others revealed they turned to bullying to avoid becoming a target themselves, or due to peer pressure.

The poll, commissioned by Action for Children to mark Safer Internet Day, found that 15 per cent of the 2,000 eight to 17-year-olds questioned said they had bullied someone online. (Guardian, Mail, Telegraph, BBC News)

Treat racial hatred trolls like sex offenders, MPs propose

People who post racial hatred on social media should be treated like sex offenders and served with “internet asbos” banning them from social networking sites and preventing them from hiding behind fake identities, a group of MPs alarmed by rising anti-semitism have proposed in a new report. (Guardian, Independent, Telegraph, Times, BBC News)

Helpline and website set up to help victims of revenge porn

A helpline for victims of revenge porn has been launched as part of a concerted push to tackle the growing problem of explicit photographs being shared online without the victim’s consent.

The specialist service run by the South West Grid for Learning charity, will offer support to victims who are affected by the crime, which has been known to affect children as young as 11. (Guardian)

Teachers “bullying their gay pupils”

Gay pupils across the country are being subjected to homophobic bullying at the hands of their teachers, according to research published today by the National Aids Trust.

Boys who like boys reveals that one in five gay teenagers said they had been bulled or discriminated against by a teacher or another adult at school on the basis of their sexuality, in what is described as a “sad but accurate” picture of the reality faced by young gay people growing up in Britain.

The research also strongly suggests that poor sex education lessons are driving a rise in the number of young gay men contracting HIV.In its editorial, the Independent says the situation is shameful – “If teens being tormented by their peers cannot turn with confidence to teachers for support, who can they turn to? This new survey cannot be dismissed as a blip”.(Independent)

New research on parents’ battle for children’s mental health

A survey by YoungMinds of over 350 parents involved in its Parents Say project has found that over 80% said that children and young people have to get to crisis point before they get support from services. Young Minds and NHS England will shortly release a Parents Say toolkit to enable CAMHS to embed parent and carer participation into their service. 19 February 2015

“Many children taking risks online”

More than half of children in the UK (57%) have done something "risky" or anti-social online, a BBC Learning poll of 2,000 11- to 16-year-olds suggests. 62% said they felt under pressure from others to act in this way.

Activities included sharing unsuitable videos or pictures of themselves or saying nasty things about others and looking at unsuitable websites.

20% said they had put pressure on someone else to act negatively online. The research was commissioned as part of a new online safety campaign - Be Smart - timed to coincide with Internet Safety Day on 10 February. (BBC News)

New research on parents’ battle for children’s mental health

A survey by YoungMinds of over 350 parents involved in its Parents Say project has found that over 80% said that children and young people have to get to crisis point before they get support from services. Young Minds and NHS England will shortly release a Parents Say toolkit to enable CAMHS to embed parent and carer participation into their service. 19 February 2015

Life lessons: PSHE and SRE in schools

Commons Education Committee: This report says that all state primary and secondary schools in England should have to teach sex-and-relationships education (SRE), with sufficient curriculum time devoted to the subject and specialist training for teachers.

It urges the DfE to come up with a strategy to deliver age-appropriate personal, social and health education (PSHE) and SRE as statutory provision across all schools. Key recommendations from the report include:

That the government formally endorses and issues the 2014 advice produced by the voluntary sector, and promotes this advice more actively to schools and governors; That the government monitors schools’ compliance with the requirement to publish information about their PSHE and SRE curriculum on their websites; That the DfE restores funding for the National PSHE CPD programme, with the aim of ensuring that all primary and secondary schools have at least one teacher who has received specialist training in PSHE, and monitor progress towards this; That all schools be required to run a regular consultation with parents on the school’s SRE provision, in a way that allows all parents to participate; That Ofsted inspects schools’ engagement with parents on Sex and Relationships Education; That Ofsted sets out clearly in the school inspection handbook the way in which a school’s PSHE provision relates to Ofsted’s judgements on safeguarding and pupils’ “spiritual, moral, social and cultural development”; That the parental right to withdraw their children from elements of SRE should be retained. Published 17 February 2015

“If it’s not better, it’s not the end”. Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups: One year on

Office of the Children’s Commissioner: This report warns that too many child victims of sexual exploitation, along with children at risk, have still not been identified by local authorities despite heightened awareness.