day children and young people phone ChildLine Scotland and
tell us the terrible impact bullying has on their lives. We
campaign to raise awareness that bullying is a serious issue.
We do this by using children's experiences to tell it as it
is the issue that ChildLine Scotland hear about most. Nearly
9000 children and young people spoke to our volunteer counsellors
about bullying last year.
call is a call too many. Bullying is a soul-destroying experience
for youngsters. No one deserves to be bullied and our counsellors
are there to listen to children, support them and help them
think about what to do about it.
Scotland offers a dedicated bullying helpline, part-funded
by the Scottish Executive and various local authorities, which
is open seven days a week. The Bullying Helpline (0800 44
1111) was relaunched in October 2003 with wallet-sized information
cards being distributed to all primary seven and first year
as this service we have training and outreach workers who
visit schools and other organisations to raise awareness of
ChildLine's work and provide training in areas such as anti-bullying,
peer support and child protection.
Director Childline Scotland
use the search facility at www.childline.org.uk
to find 'Setting up a Peer Support Scheme', a 12-page guide
for teachers and other professionals.