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New Anti-bullying Safeguard Resource: Sam’s Story
When Sally Holland became the Children’s Commissioner for Wales she consulted with more than 6,000 children and young people to find out their priorities. Bullying emerged as the number one safeguard concern for children and young people in Wales.
To see how children and young people felt this would best be addressed Sally consulted with more than 2,000 children and young people to find out what young people think is the best way to prevent and tackle bullying. After listening to young people, one of Sally’s key recommendations is that all young people of all ages have facilitated pastoral time to reflect on and discuss their relationships.
‘Sam’s Story’ was then launched. It is a resource for Secondary School age pupils which provides ideas and activities through which teachers can facilitate important discussions. It includes information for teachers on the protected characteristics and top tips for head teachers in using the Public Sector Equality Duty to tackle identity-based bullying.
Sam’s Story can be access at the link below:
Anti-bullying programme in schools
A new programme to combat bullying in schools is being piloted in a Welsh Local Authority.
The internationally recognised ‘kiVa’ anti-bullying programme is being initially rolled out in eight primary and secondary schools in partnership with the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner’s office.
If, after a trial period of 12 months, it is deemed a success it will be launched in other schools in the county. The two secondary schools taking part will be among the first in the UK to introduce the programme.
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KiVa is a research-based anti-bullying programme that has been developed in the University of Turku, Finland, with funding from the Ministry of Education and Culture. In Finland, 90% of all comprehensive schools are registered KiVa schools.
Find out more at: http://www.kivaprogram.net/wales
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