Anti-Bullying Week 2015

Anti-Bullying Week 2015 starts today and runs from the 16th to the 20th November. This year’s theme is ‘Make a Noise About Bullying’ and is co-ordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

Sutton Life Centre is committed to improving the lives of young people, and our Life Skills Tours help young people to make informed life choices and keep themselves safe. The school tours are aimed at Key Stages 2 and 3, and cater for pupils aged 9-13. The Life Skills Tours provide information on key topics, including bullying, cyber-bullying, peer pressure, internet safety, domestic violence, and more.

Bullying and cyber-bullying continue to be a big problem in the lives of young people, and although there are no official statistics on the levels of bullying in the UK, research studies provide some insight. The NSPCC have compiled this list of staggering statistics:

  • There were almost 26,000 counselling sessions with children about bullying last year;
  • More than 16,000 young people are absent from school due to bullying;
  • There were 7,296 counselling sessions with young people who talked to ChildLine about online bullying and safety last year.

Sources:
NSPCC (2015) “Always there when I need you”: ChildLine review: what’s affected children in April 2014 – March 2015.
Red Balloon (2011) Estimating the prevalence of young people absent from school due to bullying (PDF). London: Red Balloon.

Bullying is a vast topic, and can be challenging to deal with, both as a victim and as someone providing support. Below, we’ve provided a selection of online resources and support services to help make the topic slightly easier to deal with.

Life Skills Tours

For more information on how our Life Skills Tours at Sutton Life Centre can help support your PSHE curriculum or to book an educational visit with a difference, please click on the link below:

Life Skills Tours at Sutton Life Centre

Teaching Resources

If you’re a teacher – why not try our free lesson plans? They’re available to download from the links below, and each one is directly linked to the corresponding topic covered as part of our Life Skills Tours.

KS2 – Bullying Lesson Plan
KS2 – Cyber Bullying Lesson Plan
KS2 – Domestic Violence Lesson Plan
KS3 – Bullying Lesson Plan
KS3 – Cyber Bullying Lesson Plan
KS3 – Teenage Relationships Lesson Plan

Bullying Support

ChildLine

For children and young people who need advice or support about bullying, or any other issues.

  • 0800 1111
  • Lines are open 24 hours a day;
  • The number is FREE to call and will not show up on any phone bill;
  • Calls are completely confidential.

For more information, visit the ChildLine website.

NSPCC

For adults who may have concerns about a child or young person, please call the NSPCC for further guidance or advice on 0808 800 5000.

Useful Links and Websites

Anti-Bullying Alliance Support, advice and resources for young people, parents, guardians and teachers on how to deal with bullying issues.

Bullying UK Advice for parents, guardians and teachers on bullying and cyber-bullying.

ChildLine Free support and advice for children and young people up to 19 years old 24 hours a day.

Ditch the Label Support for teens, parents, guardians and teachers to help overcome bullying.

Kidscape Help and advice for young people, parents and teachers to tackle safeguarding and bullying issues across the UK.

NSPCC Advice for adults on protecting, safeguarding and supporting children and young people.

The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation Useful links and resources as well as funding for organisations that help contribute to the foundation’s mission through their work.