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What can be done to raise awareness?

According to an English anti-bullying pack ('Bullying - Don't Suffer in Silence') there are a number of ways in which a school can raise awareness about bullying. One of the main ways is to involve teaching and non-teaching staff and families in a whole school anti-bullying policy. This requires discussion about bullying, with all groups coming together to agree on a definition and ways of tackling it in the school. After this agreement, the policy could be promoted in a variety of ways, for example in assemblies and in the curriculum. Indeed the curriculum can be used to raise awareness of bullying and the school's policy, but also to look at related issues such as positive relationships.
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Department for Education and Employment (Revised 2002) 'Bullying - Don't Suffer in Silence. An Anti-Bullying Pack for Schools', London: Department for Education and Employment. This pack can be found on the DFES website.

A major anti-bullying programme, the Bullying Prevention Programme, was originally developed in Scandinavia and is now used in schools in many different countries. An important part of the Programme is raising awareness of bullying, not just within the school but outside too (involving parents in particular). One of the first steps in doing this is to administer the Olweus Bully/Victim Questionnaire to find out about the extent, frequency and nature of bullying in school. The results can be used to make pupils, staff and parents aware of the extent of bullying in the school and so encourage commitment and action. Through a school conference day, regular class meetings about bullying and meetings with parents, the school can help to ensure that the results are widely known and that action against bullying remains a priority.
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D Olweus, S Limber and S F Mihalic, 'History and Description of the Bullying Prevention Program' in 'Blueprints for Violence Prevention', The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA. This paper can be downloaded here.

The information in this paper was taken from D Olweus, S Limber and S F Mihalic (1999) 'Blueprints for Violence Prevention. Book Nine: Bullying Prevention Program', Boulder, CO: Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence.
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Professor Dan Olweus was the first person to carry out a thorough research project on Professor Dan Olweusbullying. This large, long term study which began in Sweden in 1970, was to provide the inspiration for many who felt that bullying in schools should be challenged rather than accepted. Since the 1970s, his work in this area had continued with force. Indeed, in 1997-99, he led a group in a large project which introduced the widely respected Olweus (anti-bullying) programme to schools in Norway. Professor Olweus is based at the Research Centre for Health Promotion, University of Bergen in Norway and can be contacted by email.

The anti-bullying pack sent to all schools in Scotland ('Action Against Bullying') describes ways in which a school can tackle bullying. An important part of the programme is raising awareness. This can be approached in a number of ways, including discussion with all staff and pupils when developing an anti-bullying policy. Using the policy in the curriculum (for example in the social education programme) can help focus the mind of teachers and pupils on the issue. Other approaches include surveys of pupils and teachers to find out more about the extent and understanding of the problem within the individual school and also poster/leaflet campaigns.
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M Johnstone, P Munn and L Edwards (1992) 'Action Against Bullying: a support pack for schools', Edinburgh: Scottish Council for Research in Education.
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Pamela MunnProfessor Pamela Munn is Dean of Moray House School of Education at The University of Edinburgh. She is also Director of the Anti-Bullying Network and the Scottish Schools Ethos Network, which are both based at The University of Edinburgh. She has been involved in research projects on bullying, discipline and truancy for a number years. Among her many publications on these topics are two major anti-bullying support packs which were sent to all schools in Scotland and which have received enthusiastic international attention. You may visit the website of Moray House School of Education and also the website of the Scottish Schools Ethos Network.

According to a Scottish anti-bullying pack ('Bullyproofing Our School') there are a number of ways in which a school can raise awareness of the bullying issue. These include: setting up a special task force; raising the issue at assemblies; organising parent groups; having poster campaigns, carrying out surveys to find out what's happening in the school; inviting older children to talk to younger ones and covering the issue in the school magazine.
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A McLean (1994) 'Background Reading for Schools', book 8 in the pack 'Bullyproofing Our School. Promoting Positive Relationships', Strathclyde Regional Council, Department of Education. This article can be viewed here.
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Alan McLeanAuthor details

At the time of this study, Alan McLean was Principal Psychologist based at the Education Department Psychological Service in the former Strathclyde Regional Council. His particular interests in the area of bullying include: links between bullying and motivation; the thinking processes and self-esteem of the bully.

He can be contacted at by email.
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