New guidance will challenge bullying in Welsh schools

Launched by the minister on a visit to Radyr Primary School, the anti-bullying guidance has been created to challenge bullying in schools.

The guidance, aimed at governing bodies for maintained schools, local authorities, parents, carers and children and young people, has been launched ahead of Anti-Bullying Week which starts Monday, November 11.

The revised guidance outlines the Welsh Government’s expectations for schools to:

  • take a proactive approach to prevent bullying

  • have an anti-bullying policy linking to school policies including behaviour and safeguarding

  • record and monitor incidents of bullying to help take pro-active steps to challenge bullying

  • to regularly review their anti-bullying policy and strategy in collaboration with their learners at least every 3 years

The Welsh Government has also produced new resource toolkits to accompany the new guidance.

The toolkits include factsheets, supplementary guidance, incident recording template forms and best practice case examples to help local authorities support schools in challenging bullying.

The new resources are available at hwb.gov.wales

Internetmatters.org – New code helps children tackle cyberbullying

March 01, 2018

Created by young people for young people, the code offers simple steps to take positive action to deal with cyberbullying.

Pledge to share the code with kids to encourage them to be good digital citizens and make an impact to stop cyberbullying.

Find out more here 

 

Latest guidance from D of E “Preventing Bullying” – July 2017

Guidance for schools on preventing and responding to bullying.  Click here

Elizabeth Nassem –  researcher in bullying and consultant who provides pupil-led anti-bullying interventions in schools.  Read articles below

March 01, 2018

Bullying is still rife in schools. Here’s how teachers can tackle it.  The Guardian – click here

‘Why do children bully?’ School Leadership Today – click here

BBC News – Schools ‘should help children with social media risk

January 04, 2018

Schools should play a bigger role in preparing children for social media’s emotional demands as they move from primary to secondary school, England’s children’s commissioner says.

Anne Longfield said she was worried many pupils at that stage became anxious about their identity and craved likes and comments for validation.

Her study said children aged eight to 12 found it hard to manage the impact.

The government said it was working with schools on online safety education.

The report into the effects of social media on eight to 12-year-olds claimed many children were over-dependent on “likes” and comments for social validation.

It said children approach a “cliff-edge” as they move from primary to secondary school, when social media becomes more important in their lives.  Find out more

Department of Education: Making Britain the safest place in the world to be online

May 28, 2023

Cracking down on dangers like cyber-bullying, trolling and under-age access to bad sites, the Government’s Internet Safety Strategy proposes:

  • A new social media code of practice to see a joined-up approach to remove or address bullying, intimidating or humiliating online content

  • An industry-wide levy so social media companies and communication service providers contribute to raise awareness and counter internet harms

  • An annual internet safety transparency report to show progress on addressing abusive and harmful content and conduct

  • And support for tech and digital startups to think safety first – ensuring that necessary safety features are built into apps and products from the very start

Find out more here

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