Authorities and Anti-Bullying - What's Going On?
We invited local authority contacts to tell
us about any recent policy or practice developments aimed
at tackling bullying among young people
Councils spoke of their Anti-Bullying/Anti-Bullying and Anti-Racist
policies. Edinburgh, Glasgow and Falkirk
spoke of reviewing these in 2005, while other councils spoke
of recently produced policies which they are now implementing.
Edinburgh launched its Race
Equality Education Policy in 2004 and all its schools
have now put in place their own Race Equality Policies. Edinburgh's
Community Education Service launched its own revised guidelines
and proforma for recording incidents (mainly concentrating
on discriminatory incidents) in 2004.
and Galloway's policy, produced in 2004, was backed up
by an Anti Bullying conference in November 2004 attended by
senior managers from schools, parents, senior pupils, educational
psychologists and bus operators. Renfrewshire is planning
events focusing on the parent's role in tackling bullying
in each of their high school clusters, which will also feature
video work by pupils on bullying. Fife is working with
a group, including parents, who are producing guidance to
support their Policy. Sixty parents responded to a request
for participants for this group. Fife will hold a consultation
session to gather parent responses about the guidance.
guidelines for anti-bullying and anti-racist procedures are
contextualised by recent legislation. Incidents are logged
electronically, allowing trends to be picked up and Council-wide
action to be more readily identified. East Renfrewshire
has been implementing its policy and has re-issued a 'Beating
the Bullies' pamphlet. Brendan Byrne's book 'Bullying, a community
approach', The Columba Press, 1994 has been distributed to
schools. Class Act Tours of Belfast have toured primary schools,
and a further anti-bullying drama has been put in place with
are responding to parents' recommendations of 2004 and bespoke
a 'Creating a Confident Child' workshop which was so successful
in the Denny area it will now be delivered across the authority.
Two one-day learning game 'Discovery Programmes' for children
are also being piloted in the Denny area.
and Bute place their initiatives within the context of
the Health Promoting School and Integrated Community Schools.
The main focus continues to be on peer support and befriending
activities. Schemes are in place in the majority of schools
and hostels and training is provided to support these. In
one pilot scheme all staff in one secondary school have been
trained in restorative justice, and are using these skills
to provide support for young people.
Lothian made anti-bullying an established feature years
ago. This included setting up Anti-Bullying East Lothian (Tel:
0131 653 4525) which is now an independent voluntary organisation
supporting children and families, and offering extensive training.
They also introduced a range of anti-bullying strategies.
This work is maintained. A new, related development has been
the establishment of a mental health team which has been 'invaluable'
in supporting vulnerable youngsters.
East Ayrshire a wide variety of anti-bullying initiatives
includes an annual summer school for primary/secondary transition
at St. Joseph's Academy (see photo), using senior students
as buddies to the younger ones, and using the 'No Blame Approach'
at James Hamilton Academy. Most primary schools have adopted
the Quality Circle Time approach.
has bought the 'What's the Score' Anti-Bullying pack for all
schools and are offering training to deliver the programme.
Lanarkshire has developed 'Active Breaks'. Trained youth
workers go into schools at interval and lunch times, and before
and after the school day to work with young people who are
potentially involved in bullying situations either as victims
or perpetrators. All secondaries and a large number of primaries
Dunbartonshire Council tell us of the DASH (Dumbarton
Academy Seniors against Bullying) and DAM (Dumbarton Academy
Mediation) schemes. The latter is a non blame mediation service
run by senior pupils.
Lothian is engaged in a major research project across
all its schools to support policy into practice, and crucially
make improvements for future action. This reports in September
City Council, Childline and NHS Greater Glasgow recently
held a two-day conference/training event about peer support
systems to which 2 students and 2 staff members from each
secondary school were invited, and then reported back to their
school communities. A joint working group produced a training
pack on Peer Support for Glasgow schools. Glasgow also recently
held a half day training event for school staff addressing
the issue of homophobic bullying. The course was facilitated
by Stonewall and LGBT Scotland and was 'evaluated highly'.
A SWOT analysis of work around LGBT issues and individual
school action plans were disseminated across Glasgow.
responses are held in a database at www.schoolethos.net
(key in local authorities).
on dealing with incidents (Highland)