This year, Anti-Bullying Week takes place from 11th to the 15th November
Anti-Bullying Week is coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance which is based at the National Children's Bureau. The campaign was started in the early 2000s as a way of focussing the attention of schools on tackling bullying between children and young people.
Change Starts With UsThis year, Anti-Bullying Week has the theme ‘Change Starts With Us’, underlining how everyday acts like listening to young people, having a conversation, thinking about the impact of our words or stopping before hitting ‘like’ on a hurtful social media post, can help to reduce bullying.
AimsThe campaign objective is to emphasise that we all have a part to play: Change Starts With Us.
The aims of the week are to support schools and other settings to help children and young people, schools staff, parents and other professionals who work with children to understand:
How to get involvedThere are many ways you can get involved this year, with different events taking place throughout the week:
‘Change Starts With Us’ is the main overarching theme for this year’s Anti-Bullying Week and was developed with young people, so why not help promote the message on your social media channels.
With the focus on positive change and knowing that we are all part of the solution, the ABA is asking that everyone pledge to change something, no matter how small, and tell them about it. The simplest way of doing this is by sharing or pledging messages from you and your pupils. Your pledges should start with: ‘change starts with ……’ #ChangeStartsWithUs #AntiBullyingWeek. This could be a text-based post, a photo, a video, a GIF or something else!
You can also sign up as a supporter of Anti-Bullying Week where you will receive a certificate and be listed on the website.
This training is designed to support schools in their understanding of policies and procedures around the different ways in which children and young people can be bullied. It covers good practice on how schools should address the issues of bullying.
The training is available free of charge for staff to complete from now until 15th November - to coincide with Anti-Bullying Week.