Scotland schools, local authorities and other organisations
such as the Police are developing better anti-bullying strategies.
Here are a few examples. Why not let the Anti-Bullying Network
know whats happening in your school so we can include
details in our next newsletter?
Dundee City Council, in association with Tayside Police,
recently held six half-day anti-bullying sessions
for approximately 2000 S1 pupils. The programme included
Dave Gauders Strong Man Anti-Bullying
presentation, which is particularly popular with this age
group. Research from across the world has shown that children
in the 11-12 age group are most likely to report being bullied.
We also know that children
about to enter secondary school often mention worries about
being bullied as their greatest concern, so high profile
events like this, which emphasise the importance of creating
a safe non-bullying ethos are most useful. This programme
will now be run for students at special schools in November
For details of the event contact: Steph Faichney Tel: 01382
At the Anti-Bullying Network we hear many harrowing stories
about children and young people whose parents fear they
may attempt self-harm, whose behaviour changes from extrovert
to introvert, who become nervous, who cannot concentrate,
and whose academic work and relationships suffer. It is
clear that bullying can affect the emotional well-being
of young people in the short term and may have effects on
mental health of some victims which persist into their adult
life. We were pleased therefore that anti-bullying materials
were circulated at two seminars for adults working with
young people held by the Health Promotion
Department, working in partnership with North and South
Lanarkshire Council Education Services, as part of Scottish
Mental Health Week in September.
For details of these events email Elizabeth
Hundreds of young people were guests of honour at Renfrewshire
Councils launch of its new policy document,
Tackling Bullying in Renfrewshire, at a conference
in Paisley Town Hall in September. This document was prepared
by a multi-agency group, and followed the publication of
a strategy document entitled Better Behaviour and
Learning in Renfrewshire in September 2002. Workshops
were led by Senior Pupils from Trinity
High School and guests were entertained by a moving drama
performed by pupils from the same school. Trinity High School
won the Gold Bowl Award for their anti-bullying initiatives
at the Scottish Education Awards in 2003.
For details of Renfrewshires policy email Elaine
Mackay or telephone 0141 842 5510.
Involving pupils in discussions about how schools tackle
bullying is a pre-requisite for the success of any anti-bullying
policy. Pupil councils can be places where such discussions
take place but, although more and more schools have such
councils and some are operating very well, others have no
clear remit or constitution.
Fife Council is developing a useful set of performance indicators
which could be used by pupils and/or teachers in a self-evaluation
process. The Council has also recently produced a new policy
document which requires that schools should establish
regular pupil forums to discuss current issues with regard
For details contact: Ms Sandie Steele, Development Officer
01592 414 600.
Overcoming Violence Project
On Thursday 12 February 2004, participants from schools
and communities involved in the Overcoming Violence Project
will give an account of their innovative anti-violence initiatives
at a conference in the Moray House School of Education.
A second conference will be held in Perth on 4 March 2004.
For more information contact David Mackenzie by telephone,
01259 752159 or by email,
or download the conference booking
form (in .pdf).
Using drama and the expressive arts to explore sensitivities
and feelings about bullying can create important learning
experiences for young people. At St
Lukes Secondary School in East Renfrewshire the personal
and social education programme for first year students is
delivered through drama, one element of which is a block
of six periods when they consider bullying. Activities include
role play with the drama teacher playing the part of someone
who has been bullied (it was stressed that problems could
arise if the young person playing the victim
is a person who has actually been a victim); a case study;
assertiveness exercises such as standing tall;
and discussion. Artwork, posters and written work were created,
including a very moving fictional diary about bullying.
The school also runs a lunchtime drama group where some
students have created a dramatic piece about bullying.
For details contact: Marion McGrattan, telephone 0141 557
Equal Futures Conference, 2 December 2003, SECC, Glasgow.
This third national conference on race equality provides
a vital platform for Scotlands younger citizens
to network and engage in debate and dialogue with professionals
from all sectors. Pupils and students from across Scotland
can contribute to this discussion by taking part in this
One session Im me and Im proud of who
I am will be presented by Gypsy and Traveller young
people from across Scotland, raising awareness of their
rich cultural traditions and demonstrating the discrimination
that this nomadic group face on a daily basis.
For more information contact Radha Singh, Children in Scotland,
Princes House, 5 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh EH2 4RG, telephone
0131 222 2438, fax 0131 228 8585 or by email.
Anti-Bullying Network, 2003