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Bullying

Being bullied can cause a child have long term psychological consequences for children and young people. It has significant affects on self esteem and well being. It can get in the way of children and young people reaching their potential academically and socially.

In recent years the understanding of what bullying is and how to manage it has been transformed in schools. The use of bullying policies and increased sensitivity to the needs of victims and perpetrators has made a difference.
Despite this bullying still remains a huge issue both in, and outside of schools, and the dawn of social media has added another dimension to the complexity of managing the issue.

Schools should have an anti-bullying policy as a part of the broader behaviour management strategy. Creating an anti-bullying policy collaboratively with pupils can be an effective way of the whole school taking ownership of a zero-tolerance approach.

  • School Culture

    The values and culture of a school makes the difference to whether bullying becomes an entrenched and persistent problem.

    Key messages could include;

    • The child being bullied is not to blame and does not have to ‘ignore it’ or change how they behave – only the bully should make changes.
    • Others in school should feel able to speak out if they are worried someone is being bullied.
    • There should be a clear message that pupils should not join in to avoid being bullied themselves.
    • Offensive or discriminatory language should always be challenged in school.
    • Where to find help – this could include staff, pupil ‘anti-bullying ambassadors’ and prominent display of helplines like Childline.
  • Disclosure

    If you discover a child in your school is being bullied prompt and decisive action can make all the difference to the long term outcome of the person being bullied and the person bullying.

    Take time to understand what has happened - and how the child or young person is feeling. 

    • Is the bullying happening both in and out of school? Cyberbullying leaves victims with no respite.
    • Do other pupils or staff have more infomation that would help your understanding of the situation?

    It is important that the child feels confident that it is good that people know about the bullying and that school will take action to make things better.

    • Ask the child what they think would help them most right now.
    • Make a plan and record your actions in accordance with your policy.
    • Plan when you will next check in’ with the pupil.
    • Encourage them to involve their family so they can offer support – then keep the family in the loop.
    • Plan how best to support the bully – seek to understand the roots of their behaviour.

     

  • Bullying Uk has lots of resources available:

    The Anti-Bullying Alliance provides resources as part of their 'All Together' a whole school anti-bullying programme:

    Kidscape have information on bullying for those working with children and here are some of tehir resources:

    • Kidscape Flyer
    • Log for children to record bullying incidents and school contact record

    Heads Together anti-bullying toolkit

    Watch the Barnardo's video about bullying *here*.

    Breckland Youth Advisory Board '10 Steps to Prevent Bullying' video. The video is also available *here* alongside lots of other anti-bullying resources for children & young people.

    'All Our Health' free, bite-sized e-learning sessions (Public Health England) - to improve the knowledge, confidence and skills of health and care professionals in preventing illness, protecting health and promoting wellbeing.

    The sessions cover some of the biggest issues in public health including;

    • Childhood obesity 
    • Pollution
    • Alcohol misuse
    • Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

    They contain signposting to trusted sources of helpful evidence, guidance and support to help professionals embed prevention in their everyday practice.

    Shelf Help:

    • Bullies, Cyberbullies and Frenemies - Michele Elliott.
    • Vicious True Stories by Teens about Bullying - Ed Hope Vanderberg.

     

How Can We Help?

Just One Number Call to speak to a health professional by phoning 0300 300 0123. They will be able to provide initial advice and support and guide next steps with us or signpost you to other more relevant agencies and professionals. It is available 08.00 to 18.00 Monday to Friday and 09.00 to 13.00 on Saturdays.

Referrals for support are made by contacting Just One Number on 0300 300 0123. Please make sure you have the consent of the parent and / or young person before you make a referral to us. You do not need to fill out any paperwork prior to this call.

Referrals are made via the telephone to enable us to have an informative conversation with you at the point of referral so we can ensure we have all the required information for early triage and assessment of the child, young person or family. This will ensure the referral gets managed by the appropriate team in a more timely way or we can signpost you to a more appropriate service.

ChatHealth Children and Young people can access us through our text messaging service on 07480635060. They will be able to discuss any health concerns with one of our Practitioners and also be able to request an appointment if they would prefer to meet with us.

Parent Line Parents can access our services by texting our number 07520631590 . This allows them to access the advice and support from a clinician about any health issues affecting their children aged 0-19.

Just One Norfolk Health Passport app Young people age 16-19 can download this app on Apple or Android phones. It provides young people age 16-19 with general health information and advice to increase health literacy. It signposts to services and promotes self care. It aims to increase resilience and wellbeing and to find out how to access health services.

Health Unlocked Parents can be signposted to this. It is a carefully monitored online community forum which allows local parents and carers to talk with each other regarding issues affecting their children. This can be accessed through our Just One Norfolk website.

Solihull Parenting Online For our Norfolk parents there is the opportunity to access this free of charge through Just One Norfolk. It supports parents in understanding their children from 0-19 via 4 modules. Staff working with children and families will also benefit from this – or they can book to do the two day Solihull Training provided by our service by contacting karin.bibby@nhs.net. While COVID-19 restrictions are in place please contact Karin Bibby to register your interest in virtual training as this becomes available.

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