Anti-Bullying Week provides an excellent opportunity for the Welsh Assembly Government, working in collaboration with the Welsh Anti-Bullying Network and organisations such as NSPCC Cymru/Wales, to help those affected by bullying.
Throughout the week schools and organisations across Wales will be taking part in activities to help children and young people recognise the damaging affects that bullying can have and to support those who are being bullied.
Leighton Andrews said:
“Unfortunately there are still too many children and young people in Wales who suffer at the hands of bullies. This is unacceptable.
“Bullying of any form often results in a loss of confidence and a fear of speaking out. It is therefore vital that education professionals have the right skills and tools to recognise when a child is being bullied so they can resolve the problem and put preventative measures in place.
“Anti-Bullying Week is an opportunity for professionals, parents and students to share best practice and learn from each others’ experiences.”
This week children across Wales will be doing their bit to spread the anti-bullying message.
One of the schools taking part is Ysgol y Faenol Church in Wales School, Bangor, where ten year-old Sian Thorpe was inspired to write a powerful poem after a friend of hers was bullied.
Seeing her friend go through such a difficult time made Sian aware of the unhappiness bullying causes, so as well as writing the poem she created anti-bullying boxes where pupils could leave notes to inform teachers of any bullying in the school.
Scott Nelson and his friends at Barry Comprehensive are also doing their part this Anti-Bullying Week with their ‘Anti-Bullying Squad’.
With the help of teachers, the squad are trained to support their younger counterparts by listening to problems, resolving conflicts and identifying cases that need adult intervention.
Leighton Andrews added:
“Hearing about the projects and work being done by pupils in schools to combat bullying is inspiring. This is what Anti-Bullying Week is all about and I hope that Sian and Scott encourage other youngsters to stamp out bullying in their schools.”