Minister of State for Schools welcomes ‘Anti-Bullying Week’

Published on Thursday, 12 July 2012 15:38
Posted by Scott Buckler

The Minister of State for Schools, Nick Gibb MP, welcomes this year's Anti-Bullying Week theme – 'We're better without bullying', saying no child should have to suffer the misery and stress of being bullied

Anti-Bullying Week is a national awareness raising week, coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) which is part of the National Children's Bureau. This year it takes place between 19- 23 November.

Nick Gibb, MP, said: "I am pleased to offer my continuing support to ABA and its members –ABA plays a vital role in keeping anti-bullying high on the national agenda through Anti-Bullying Week. I particularly welcome this year's theme of 'We're better without bullying'.

"The government wants all children to achieve their best without being held back by bullying and the effects of disruptive behaviour.  No child should have to suffer the misery and stress of being bullied at school. This is why we have provided schools with clear advice on preventing and tackling bullying and increased the powers of teachers to deal with poor behaviour and bullying.

"But we recognise schools cannot do this alone and that is why we continue to support ABA and its members in their efforts to work with schools to keep children safe from all forms of bullying.

To get people thinking about the issues ahead of time, ABA is launching a competition for young people to design a visual statement for their sports, drama, music or any extra-curricular club which makes it clear that bullying is not accepted .

The visual statement can be presented as a poster/flyer, emblem or screensaver and a panel of young people will shortlist the entries. The top 5 will be displayed on the ABA website, and entered into a prize draw to win an England football shirt signed by the team.

Coordinator of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, Lauren Seager-Smith, said: "We need to work with all children and young people to prevent and stop bullying wherever they learn and play. We hope our Anti-Bullying Week competition will encourage them to make their clubs and teams fun and safe places that encourage great talent.

"Unfortunately bullying, or fear of being bullied can discourage young people from taking part in certain activities. Schools , sports clubs and other providers of extra-curricular activities need to make sure bullying is absolutely unacceptable. Anti-Bullying Week will help encourage schools to create environments where children can develop their skills and talents feeling safe and supported."

Source: ©Anti-Bullying Alliance

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