In my setting any type of bullying is unacceptable and is not tolerated.
In my setting, the head teacher (the person in charge of bullying and safeguarding) will talk to the children to find out what has been happening, how and why it started and how they became involved. He will make it clear that bullying is not tolerated. Outside agencies will become involved to support the families, the victim and the bullies; Councillors will help and support them all.
Unit 025,Outcome 5.3
Explain how to support a child or young person and or their family when bullying is suspected or alleged
Statistics of bullying: (2011 http://www.nspcc.org.uk/inform/resourcesforprofessionals/bullying/bullying_statistics_wda85732.html)
• 38% of young people have been affected by cyber- bullying
• 30,439 children called Child Line in 2010/11 about bullying
• 46% of children and young people say they have been affected by bullying at school
• 65% of children and young people who are gay, lesbian or bisexual have been bullied at school ( homophobic)
• 38% of young people have been affected by cyber-bullying, with abusive emails (26%) and text messages (24%) being the most common methods
When a child/ young person has been bullied their parents/ carers may also need support, they will be upset and maybe angry that their child has been bullied. Getting help from outside agencies ( NSPCC/ councillors) will help them deal with their upset and anger, parents may find it hard to give advice to their child about bullying, they may be torn of two minds ( do they tell their child to stand up for themselves? or telling them to run away. Having help and support will help the parent/ carer to understand what to do to help their child and how to support them.
Supporting children and young people
It is important that I respond to a child of young person in the correct way according to my settings policy, I would write
Bibliography: Walker M, children and young people’s workforce diploma level 3, Nelson Thornes Ltd, Delta place, Cheltenham GL53 7 TH, 2011, Page193 http://www.nspcc.org.uk/inform/resourcesforprofessionals/bullying/bullying_statistics_wda85732.html)