a Community Thing
I could go without bullying for one day I'd be happy. It's
non-stop. It happens on the internet, at school and out
A message to the ABN team from Ashley aged 12
walls we build around schools and the security systems installed
at their entrances can give the false impression that they
are separate from the communities they serve. Sometimes we
even talk about "school bullying", as though that
was the only place it happens. In fact bullying crosses the
physical barriers we build around schools with ease. It may
start in school and spill over the community - or vice versa.
When this happens, any response that a school makes is unlikely
to succeed unless it also involves families and agencies working
in that community.
we need to rethink what we mean when we talk about a "school".
A school is not just a building, nor is it the pupils and
staff that work in those buildings. A school is a community
with limits that are difficult to define but which embrace
all those involved with the education and care of its pupils.
It follows that an effective response to bullying requires
the appropriate involvement of all members of this wider school
community - not just the core team.
Anti-Bullying Network's core team is small but it links many
thousands of people across Scotland who have freely shared
ideas about how bullying can be tackled or who, like Ashley,
by sharing their pain, have highlighted its effects. Thank
Anti-Bullying Network Manager
Anti-Bullying Network Team
Standing: Meg Cowie, Kate Betney, Lorne Greig, Elise Shaw
Seated: Andrew Mellor, Prof Pamela Munn, Gina Reddie