National Anti-Bullying week will run from Monday 11th - Friday 15th November and Corby Borough Council is joining forces with Neighbourhood Policing Teams and Service Six to tackle the issue in Corby.
The awareness week is led by Anti Bullying Alliance and the teams have lots of activities in the pipeline to go with the ‘Change starts with us’ theme.
Primary schools across the borough are taking part in assemblies, workshop activities and a playground stencilling programme. The programme also supports the Police led Blue Led Butterfly scheme. Northamptonshire youth organisation, Service Six will also be providing school sessions under their TARGET project, raising awareness of online bullying and other risks associated with online activity.
Corby Borough Council’s Lead Member for Neighbourhood Services, Cllr Bob Eyles, said:
“This is the third year Corby Borough Council has actively supported this campaign with our partners. We hope it will give school children the confidence to get the help and support the need if they’re being bullied. Online bullying is becoming an increasing problem so the sessions will also encourage them to think carefully about how someone could be affected by their texts/ messages before pressing the send button.”
Inspector Scott Little for the Corby/Kettering Neighbourhood Policing Teams said:
‘I think this week is important to highlight the effect that bullying can have on children and how it also affects how they form future relationships. This week is raising the profile of bullying both with the victims and also the bullies who are often very young themselves and don’t see the consequences of their action. These workshops that are completed in conjunction with partners help the children see different forms of bullying and how to report it.’
Notes to Editors:
- The Anti Bullying Alliance is a coalition of organisations and individuals working to stop bullying and create safer environments in which children and young people can grow, play and learn.
- The Blue Butterfly scheme is a countywide Police led programme helping children understand the feelings they might have if they witness domestic violence and encourages children to share their feelings if they have been affected by bullying at home or school. The scheme takes its name from ‘butterflies in the tummy,’ the sensation people experience when they are scared.