Sandwell’s Anti-Bullying Roadshow
Published 17th November 2021
Sandwell Council’s SHAPE Programme is delivering its annual Anti-Bullying Week roadshow. The programme is delivered in partnership with the council’s Youth Services and W Midlands Police.
The theme of this year’s roadshow is ‘One Kind Word’. The team will visit nine schools in Sandwell. The focus in primary schools will be on what bullying is and the impact it has on those being bullied. In secondary schools the focus will be on young people whose behaviour may lead them to bully others and how this could impact them. Children and young people will be taught to appreciate individuals for who they are and be kinder to one another both in and out of school. For the first time, the team will also be visiting Sandwell College’s Special Educational Needs (SEN) learners to educate them on how to be aware of the signs of bullying.
The workshops include hard-hitting videos about bullying, how both perpetrators and victims can be supported and teaching children how to stay safe on the internet.
Cllr Karen Simms, Sandwell's cabinet member for children and education said:
"Our Anti-Bullying Roadshow is a great opportunity for schools to raise children's awareness of bullying. Although Anti-bullying Week is a time to highlight this issue I want to make sure it remains a priority with schools, families and most importantly children and young people, all year round”.
Lisa McNally, Sandwell's director for public health said:
"The anti-bullying workshops, now in their sixth year, have always been a great success, reaching thousands of young people during this time. Following the pandemic, we have seen a rise in social media usage and hence more cyberbullying issues. We hope the messages given during the workshops will stay with the children and help them to know what to do if they are being bullied. It is important for them to understand that we can only tackle bullying, if we all take a personal responsibility to stamp it out."