Growing up in the current climate can be really difficult for so many reasons. Technology is moving at such a fast pace and is now a growing safeguarding concern. The good news is there's lots of support out there to keep young people safe online and in the real world. One big area of concern for teachers and professionals which can affect a young person physically and mentally is bullying.
The Anti-Bullying Alliance defines bullying as:
The repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. Bullying can be physical, verbal or psychological. It can happen face-to-face or through cyberspace.
If you are struggling for ideas a really good starting point is speaking to the young people in your school or setting about what they would like to change, add or create around bullying. There are also lots of practical school
packs and tools from past Anti-bullying weeks by the Anti-Bullying Alliance.
Anti-bullying Alliance resources
We have put together some resources with the help of the Anti-Bullying Alliance to help you support young people, children, and parents to develop an anti-bullying approach and
policies in your school or setting.
If you would like more support, please email
If your school or setting would like training to potentially reduce the levels of bullying in you organisation you can take part in training online via the
Anti-Bullying Alliance. If you need support or advice in your setting around bullying you can ask us for guidance by emailing:
Keeping young people safe online can be a real challenge particularly as technology is moving at such a fast pace. A number of safeguarding concerns involve some form of the online world. The good news is we have lots of advice and support to help you keep young people and children safe online in your school or setting.
Where to start?
Embedding online safety into your curriculum in schools or organisations in a community is very important. We highly recommend you focus online safety around these 4 key areas:
Keeping safe online – Where should we start and what should we be doing?
Thinking critically – What questions should we be asking, and how can we better challenge what we see online?
Digital resilience – How can we work through and best manage difficult situations online?
Online wellbeing – How do we focus on our mental health, and at the same time protect our wellbeing when engaging with the online world?
A really good starting point for online safety resources is
Project Evolve. The resource has guidance from early years to year 13. Also
Childnet International has a great bank of resources for a number of age groups.
What polices or documents should our setting have in place?
The SWGFL have some great guidance around
online safety polices.
Northamptonshire County Council offer training and workshops around online safety and wellbeing for schools and organisations. We run workshops for:
- Teachers and professionals
- Children and young people – Primary and secondary age
- Parents and carers
For more information about our workshops and costs, please email:
If you need support or advice in your setting around bullying you can ask us for guidance by emailing:
LGBTQ+ information for professionals
Whether you're just getting started or you already have things in place to tackle homophobic, biphobic or transphobic issues. Its important to remember the support we are providing children and young people, needs to be a whole school approach and remember that small changes can make a big difference.
Stonewall offer some wonderful advice around embedding LGBTQ+ classes, resources and support into your curriculum for
secondary schools. They offer a great resource around an
introduction to supporting LGBTQ+ children and young people.
This resource is suitable for all schools, colleges and settings and offers support in creating an LGBTQ+ inclusive environment, working with parents and carers, and supporting individual LGBTQ+ children and young people in both mainstream and specialist settings.
We also recommend the Stonewall
LGBTQ+ inclusion resources.
If you are interested in training around LGBTQ+, have a look at what
If you need support or advice in your setting around online or wellbeing you can ask us for guidance – email:
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