The programme

The purpose of our SEN and Disability programme is to reduce the bullying of disabled children and young people and those with Special Educational Needs (SEN).

Evidence shows that disabled children and young people and those with SEN are significantly more likely to be bullied or victimised than their peers.

History

The SEN and Disability programme began as a two year programme funded by the Department for Education. We worked in partnership with Achievement for All, Contact a Family, Mencap and the Council for Disabled Children to deliver it.

During this programme we:

  • provided training to over 1,500 schools

  • trained over 2,600 children's workforce staff including post 16, health and social care professionals

  • provided workshops for almost 600 parents of disabled children (and gave advice over the phone and online)

  • developed 100s of resources to support schools and other professional to reduce the bullying of disabled children and young people and those with SEN

You can find out more about the outcomes of this programme in this video:

You can also read the independent evaluation report of the 2013-15 programme here.

2015-16

In April 2015 we were awarded one more year of funding, and continue to work in partnership with Achievement for All 3As, Contact a Family, and the Council for Disabled Children.

In this programme we will be creating 'SEN/disability anti-bullying champions' (12 local authorities and 1 academy chain). They will receive instensive training sessions and support through ABA and our partner organisations to become leaders, or 'champions', in the field of reducing bullying of disabled children and those with SEN. 

Through this programme we will also be offering:

Strategy

We reduce the bullying of disabled children and young people, and those with SEN by:

  • listening to the views of disabled children and young people and those with SEN; 

  • improving practice in schools through training and resources;

  • providing early support, information and advice for parents and carers; and 

  • disseminating information and training to the wider children's sector. 

Research 

The programme is based on evidence from research undertaken by Cambridge University Faculty of Education on our behalf. The research findings show the significant and disproportionate effects of bullying of disabled children and young people, and those with SEN in schools and colleges.

The research offers practical strategies that will support schools and colleges in their efforts to prevent and respond to the needs of this particularly vulnerable group.

The results of this work have been published by NCB in Perspectives on Bullying and Difference: Supporting young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities in schools.

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