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News & opinion — 15 Jul 2021
Thanks to support from the Welsh Government, the Anti-Bullying Alliance and Kidscape are working in partnership to deliver anti-bullying support for schools throughout Wales during the coming year.
As part of this project supported by the Welsh Government, we are delivering the far-reaching Anti-Bullying Week campaign to schools in November. In 2019, two-thirds of schools in Wales celebrated Anti-Bullying Week, and nearly 40% of schools marked Odd Socks Day on the first day of the campaign. 86% of schools in Wales said Anti-Bullying Week helped raise awareness of bullying in their school.
'Reach Out' has been chosen as the theme of Anti-Bullying Week this year, from 14 to 18 of November 2022. Similar to our activity in 2021, we will be providing anti-bullying resources in both English and Welsh.
Kidscape are also continuing the rollout of training for school leaders to embed the Rights, Respect, Equality guidance for schools. In doing so, the primary goal is to ensure that all schools have updated their anti-bullying strategies and policies in line with requirements within the statutory guidance and that schools understand that bullying prevention remains a key priority against a backdrop of competing demands.
The work has allowed the development of a new online training course for school governors to ensure they understand their roles and responsibilities. This course is available in both Welsh and English:
For details about more training for school leaders and governors, visit the Kidscape website:
As part of this work we have set up the Anti-Bullying Alliance Steering Group Wales to bring together organisations and individuals with expertise and a shared commitment to preventing and responding to bullying in Wales. The group meets on a quarterly basis, and is responsible for advising and actively engaging on issues relating to bullying in Wales. Our members include:
"We’re delighted to be working with Kidscape and the Welsh Government on such a dynamic series of plans to support schools and others working with children to identify, prevent and respond effectively to bullying this year. We’re looking forward to working with organisations and individuals across Wales to deliver our biggest Anti-Bullying Week yet and grow a network of support across Wales to keep children safe from bullying and harm!"
Director of the Anti-Bullying Alliance