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People with learning difficulties challenge bullying

Research carried out by ENABLE, the largest voluntary organisation for people with learning disabilities in Scotland, has shown that 65% of all people with learning disabilities have experienced bullying. More than a third say it is on a regular basis.Click the logo to visit their website!

ENABLE is supporting adults with learning disabilities to tackle the problem of bullying and harassment for themselves. Thanks to funding from the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, ENABLE has trained people with learning disabilities and their supporters to give presentations to groups of young people in schools and other interested groups. ENABLE is keen to raise awareness of the problem of bullying and harassment of people with learning disabilities and to be involved in helping to shape anti-bullying policies and strategies, especially where people with learning disabilities are affected.
For more information contact Lena Gillies or Doreen Walkinshaw at:
6th floor
7 Buchanan Street
Glasgow G1 3HL
Tel: 0141 226 4541


East Dunbartonshire Tackles Bullying
East Dunbartonshire is developing an authority wide policy on the recording and monitoring of bullying incidents. The Anti-Bullying Network has been delighted to be able to advise Sue Wheatley and the Authority on this exercise.
For further details contact:-
John Johnston
Principal Officer for Special Educational Needs
Boclair House
100 Milngavie Road
Glasgow G61 2TQ
Telephone: 0141 578 8748
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Solution focused approached
Solution focused thinking is primarily concerned with the development of solutions. These solutions are developed by defining goals and also by exploring actions already taken to meet these goals. Gillian Strachan, a School and Family Support Worker based in Arbroath, discusses the successful application of this approach in schools in Angus. Following the training of individual members of staff by the Brief Therapy Practice in London, and the subsequent success of their Solution Focused method in Angus, wider training programmes were introduced. We have now trained over one hundred members of staff, including teaching staff and staff employed in the Education Department Support Services. The method is being used in a number of ways including in the classroom, with individual children, with families and in team meetings. It has proved successful in all aspects of school life, including anti-bullying and school ethos. Indeed we are constantly surprised by the width of its application. This coming year we will focus more on its application in the classroom and its use for staff support, review and supervision. Part of the Solution Focused method is looking at 'what has gone well' and doing more of it. In Angus, we feel we have done well with this approach and are happy to share it with others.
For more information contact:
Mrs. Gillian Strachan
The School and Family Support Service
Bruce House
Arbroath DD11 3TE
Telephone: 01241 435033