What is bullying?

Is there a line between banter and bullying?

Sexting Training Viewing GuidanceWe all talk about bullying, we know it’s a serious issue which can have devastating consequences and we know that thanks to social media, bullying doesn’t stop when the school gates close. But what exactly is bullying?

As pointed out in the latest Ditch the Label Annual Bullying Survey "the very nature of bullying is subjective, meaning everybody has a different idea of the behaviours that are considered to be bullying". The report identified that 12% of young people had bullied somebody based on their own definition of bullying, while 54% of respondents said that they had been bullied at some point.

In research released by TES in the latter part of 2017, figures revealed that from over 1000 secondary school teachers interviewed, over half thought that bullying was a problem in their school, with more than a fifth saying that bullying in their school was on the increase. Rather more shockingly, 40 per cent declared they knew of pupils too scared to attend school because of it.

To help identify bullying, the Department of Education define it as “behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally”, while the dictionary definition adds that a bully will often force the victim to do something they do not want to do.

Types of bullying
Bullying and cyber bullying can take on many forms including (but not limited to) physical assault, emotional taunting, verbal abuse, social exclusion, hostile actions based on sexuality – the list goes on. And (as stated in the Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance) all staff should be aware of the specific safeguarding issue that bullying presents. Ofsted will also hold schools to account for how well they deal with bullying behaviour. This can include behaviour which takes place outside the school premises.

What can schools do?
In order to raise awareness of bullying issues and help prevent it taking place, schools can develop a number of strategies. In the first instance, anti-bullying and cyber bullying should be included in the curriculum. It is also key to ensure that parents are clear on their responsibilities and know where to go to for support. To enable this, the school should have clear guidelines and policies in place and should work with external agencies who can provide support and advice.

Empowering pupils to take the lead on tackling bullying can help encourage speaking out if situations arise and taking part in awareness days such as anti-bullying week or stop cyber bullying day can help enforce the message.

In short, it is important that schools deal with bullying as they have a duty of care to help pupils learn in a safe environment.

If you would like to share your thoughts on bullying issues or have ideas you would like to share with fellow teacher, please use the comments section below.

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Written by Safeguarding Essentials on May 03, 2018 12:37

Safeguarding the Future

Safeguarding Essentials - the new school resource from Kodo launches 12th April

Child protection and welfare needs are evolving.

According to the NSPCC, "thousands of young people sought help last year after being sexually abused by another young person". Added to the temptation of drugs and alcohol, the challenges surrounding mental well-being, or the ever-present potential for bullying, safeguarding in schools is a constant concern.

Providing a holistic approach to protect children against both offline and online risks is vital. This is why we are launching Safeguarding Essentials, a comprehensive service for safeguarding future generations.

Safeguarding Essentials will provide a comprehensive range of safeguarding resources to help equip schools in preventing and detecting current risks faced by children. These include:

  • teacher training
  • classroom resources
  • policies
  • checklists
  • parent guides
  • The new suite of topics will initially include:

  • An introduction to safeguarding
  • Bullying
  • FGM
  • Abuse
  • Mental well-being
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Along with all the e-safety topics covered in E-safety Support
  • Our new service will be accessible anytime and anywhere, empowering teachers to have the latest knowledge at their fingertips to deliver outstanding safeguarding practices with ease.

    Existing E-safety Support Members

    E-safety Support will be incorporated into the new Safeguarding Essentials product suite.

    The service for existing E-safety Support Premium Plus members will not be affected. While you will see some changes to the website, once you have logged into your account, you will still have access to all your existing e-safety resources in the usual way. We will however, be adding some further 'sexting' resources as part of the process.

    From an administration point of view, your membership package will no longer be referred to as 'Premium Plus', but will instead now be named 'E-safety Support'. This will be evident when you log into your dashboard and on any future invoicing.

    Safeguarding Essentials Membership Packages

    As with our E-safety Support packages, this is an online service, with all the resources and training courses accessible from the website. Schools will be able to purchase membership based on their education level - primary, secondary or all ages.

    Safeguarding Essentials membership packages will be available as follows*:

    Safeguarding Essentials (including E-safety Support) for Primary Schools - £499
    Safeguarding Essentials (including E-safety Support) for Secondary Schools - £799
    Safeguarding Essentials (including E-safety Support) for All Ages (primary & secondary) - £949

    School will also continue to be able to purchase just the E-safety Support package as follows*:

    E-safety Support for Primary Schools - £349
    E-safety Support for Secondary Schools - £499
    E-safety Support for All Ages (primary & secondary) - £778

    Discounts are available for school groups, small schools and special needs schools - please call 0113 266 0880

    If you are not an E-safety Support member, you can register your interest in the new Safeguarding Essentials service.

    * All prices are shown excluding VAT. This is a subscription product with an automatic annual renewal.

    Written by Safeguarding Essentials on April 12, 2018 14:30

    All Different. All Equal.

    Let’s celebrate uniqueness in November’s Anti-Bullying Week.

    Anti Bullying Week 2017 LogoIn the school environment, where peer pressure and the desire to be popular still holds fast, education remains as important as ever in developing young people’s social and emotional awareness. This year’s Anti-Bullying Week, which takes place from 13-17 November looks at a very current and poignant topic; diversity. Following the theme ‘All Different, All Equal,’ the week will focus on why our individual human traits should be recognised as a valuable part of who we are.

    The week of activities is organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, which was founded in 2002 by the NSPCC and the National Children’s Bureau. Over the years, the organisation has been bolstered by the support of a number of core and associate members who work collaboratively to raise awareness about the impact of bullying. Their aim is to create safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.

    2017 Theme
    This year, the 'All Different, All Equal' theme looks at:

    • How to empower children and young people to celebrate what makes them, and others, unique
    • Helping children and young people understand how important it is that every child feels valued and included in school and able to be themselves without fear of bullying
    • Encouraging parents and carers to work with their school and talk to their children about bullying, difference and equality
    • Enabling teachers and other children’s workforce professionals to celebrate what makes us ‘all different, all equal’ and celebrate difference and equality, encouraging them to take individual and collective action to prevent bullying and create safe environments where children can be themselves.

    How to Get Involved
    The Anti-Bullying Alliance have a number of suggested ways in which you can get involved, including:

    • Official Merchandise: Schools can purchase official Anti-Bullying Week 2017 merchandise via their online shop. Proceeds go to funding Anti-Bullying Week next year.
    • Odd Socks Day: This is an opportunity for children to express themselves and appreciate individuality. But most importantly, Odd Socks Day is designed to be fun!
    • Become a Supported: Sign up as an Anti-Bullying Week supporter and receive a certificate to display in your school/organisation. Join the anti-bullying movement and let people know what you're doing for #antibullyingweek.
    • Get Involved Online: Download the pack to find template tweets, facebooks, selfie ideas and many many more things you can do to get involved in Anti-Bullying Week and Odd Socks Day for Anti-Bullying Week. You can also register for the Thunderclap

    Full details can be found at www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk.

    Download your cyber bullying assembly
    E-safety Support members can download a selection of topical resources including a cyber bullying assembly for either KS1/2 or KS3/4 – log into your member dashboard to download or register for FREE membership for access.

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    Written by Safeguarding Essentials on November 01, 2017 14:55

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