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West Berkshire news
Safe in Our Hands
Lynne Doherty, Executive Portfolio: Children, Education and Young People, and Linda Curtis, Senior Education Welfare Officer, recently visited schools to present the certificate for the West Berkshire Anti-Bullying Accreditation.
Well done to these schools!
Kennet Valley Primary School
Shaw-cum-Donnington Primary School
The Ilsleys' Anti-Bullying Ambassadors
There are some schools working towards this award. If you would like to join them please contact:
Senior Education Welfare Officer
Tel: 01635 519788
West Berkshire Young Carers
My name is Joe Sutton and I am the new Young Carers Coordinator for West Berkshire. I have the privilege of working with children who selflessly support their family members. A young carer is someone aged 18 or under who helps look after a relative who has a condition, such as a disability, illness, mental health condition, or a drug or alcohol problem. Since coming into post on the 27th March, I have been busy meeting with young carers, professionals and projects in other districts. On 30th May, I also held a consultation event for our service users and the professionals who work with them. The information gathered from this event, as well as my research from other projects, will go into creating a new Young Carers Strategy, which will evidence how we intend to meet the priorities set out in West Berkshire’s Carers Strategy.
Over the next few months, I will also be looking to improve the current referral and assessment process. So that there is clear guidance about whom we can support and professionals are clear on how they can make a referral.
There will also be two young carers groups run on a weekly basis, one for primary aged children and one for carers who are in secondary school. In the first part of each session we will be looking to run workshops around self esteem, bullying and lots of other topics which are relevant to the young carers lives. There will also be a chance for the young carers to participate in accredited training courses such as first aid and manual handling. In the second part of the session there will be fun and engaging activities for the young carers to participate in. It is important to note that the Young Carers Project is a support service first and the activities are an additional bonus and not the main provision.
To help with the weekly group and transporting the young carers, I will be attempting to recruit volunteers. We will be looking for people of all ages and experience to help with the project. Volunteering is subject to a DBS check and also if the volunteer would like to drive, a clean driving licence. My contact details are at the bottom, if you or someone you may know is interested in helping.
I am keen to get across that working with young carers is something that is built in, rather than bolted on. By this I mean that I will be working with other services, such as health and education to find ways that they can best support the needs of young carers within their own services, as well as referring them to our project. For instance, I will be supporting schools to access the Young Carers in Schools Award, which is a nationally recognised scheme that makes it as easy as possible, to identify and support young carers and awards good practice.
There are lots of exciting and challenging times ahead; by working together I believe that we can really help the young carers who really do a fantastic job.
If you would like more information about the service, or would like to volunteer, then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your attention
Young Carers Coordinator
Nikki Davies, Health and Wellbeing Coordinator in Schools recently issued her latest edition of the Hub. If you would like to see a copy, please click here
Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA)
Anti-Bullying Week 2017
Anti-Bullying Week is coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and takes place this year from 13th - 17th November and is supported by Safe to Net.
The theme this year is 'All Different, All Equal'
The aims are to:
- empower children and young people to celebrate what makes them, and others, unique
- help children and young people understand how important it is that every child feels valued and included in school, able to be themselves, without fear of bullying
- encourage parents and carers to work with their school and talk to their children about bullying, difference and equality
- enable teachers, school support staff and youth workers to celebrate what makes us ‘all different, all equal’ – by celebrating difference and equality and taking individual and collective action to prevent bullying, creating safe environments where children can be themselves
How you can get involved in Anti-Bullying Week 2017
Schools can take part in ABA's official Anti-Bullying Week Film Competition.
To enter the competition the ABA invites pupils to create and send them a film where they share how important it is that we celebrate what makes us 'All Equal, All Different' to help prevent bullying and create the best world possible.The deadline for the competition is 5pm on the 31st July 2017. There will be a Primary and Secondary School winner. Click here for more information including tips on how to create films together with entry forms.
Children can nominate their teacher/member of school staff for ABA's annual Power for Good Award
Download the official Anti-Bullying Week 2017 logos and share on your websites and newsletters
This year the ABA is working closely with Diana Award to create resources to help you ensure your plans are led by young people.
Access free Anti-Bullying Week lesson and assemblies ideas and other useful resources which are available from September
Share your Anti-Bullying Week plans and activities online (@ABAonline) using #AntiBullyingWeek #AllDifferentAllEqual
Raise much needed funds for the work of the Anti-Bullying Alliance
Order Anti-Bullying Week merchandise which will soon be on the ABA website
Celebrate what makes you and others All Different, All Equal
The DfE-funded All Together programme for schools went live at on 24 April and can be accessed via the ABA new-look website.
Any school in England can now sign up to be part of this new programme, through which they will have access to a wealth of resources and training. The programme aims to create All Together Schools, meaning schools that have evidenced their work to reduce bullying and improve the wellbeing of pupils. The programme includes a special focus on bullying of disabled children and those with SEN but aims to reduce bullying of all pupils.
All Together builds upon the success of our previous SEND anti-bullying champion programme. It is funded by the DfE and delivered in partnership with Achievement for All, Contact a Family and the Council for Disabled Children. Schools who sign up will be supported to make whole school change to anti-bullying practices. They will be able to access:
- Free access to the All Together Online Hub through which schools are supported to create an anti-bullying action plan that is tailored to their needs
- Targeted resources to help tackle bullying
- Access to the All Together Pupil Wellbeing Questionnaire
Online CPD-certified training for all staff, including a module on cyberbullying.
Steps to becoming an All Together School
If you register you will receive an email through which you can access the All Together Hub. From there you will be guided through the steps involved:
- Up to Christmas 2017 - conduct your pupil wellbeing survey and your baseline anti-bullying audit.
- Then get started on your All Together Action Plan, with help from the online resources, online training, or by attending an All Together workshop if there is one in your area.
- Summer term 2017/18 - conduct a second anti-bullying audit and wellbeing survey to see how far you have come and let the ABA know your how you did.
ABA will assess all the results and award successful schools with All Together School status in September 2018.
Click here for more information.
Information, guidance and support for schools, parents and young people
Digital Parenting Magazine
Issue 5 of Digital Parenting magazine is available to download or read on-line.
Digital Parenting offers:
expert advice for example on-line peer pressure and cyber-bullying
features for example a guide to Instagram, Youtube and Snapchat
and useful tools for example safety and privacy controls on social networks
Schools or any organisation that works with young people can order free copies - more information on how to do this can be found on the Parent Zone.
Government Guidance updated 29 March 2017
Indecent images of children: guidance for young people
The Home Office is working with partner organisations including the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), Marie Collins Foundation and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) to ensure young people know and understand the law.
- Different terms and what they mean
- Working together
- Short films - these short films are 60 seconds long and highlight the serious harm that viewing indecent images of children can cause.
- Further information about the law
NetAware social media guide for parents
On 27 April 2017, the NSPCC launched an updated NetAware site, a parents' guide to 39 of the most popular social media sites, apps and games used by young people. The guide, run in partnership with O2, and informed by 1696 children and young people and 674 parents and guardians includes: tips showing how to help your child block or report someone targeting them; information about new apps like Pokémon Go, Periscope, IMVU and Live.ly.
Click here for the guide.
internet matters.org used the research (carried out by Opinion Leader) of 1500 parents of children using the internet between age 6 and 16 in 2013 and 2016 and found that 26% of 6 year olds are using the internet for social media compared to 19% in 2013.
To support schools in their work with educating parents internet matters have downloadable e-safety age guides for parents as well as downloadable banners and leaflets for school communications.
To help parents talk to their children at home the internet Matters app is an interactive quiz and game which children and parents play together.
Bullying a key factor why children are missing education
The National Children's Bureau recently launched a report after consultation with young people and carers about missing education. They found that one of the key reasons why this is happening is bullying.
If you would like to read the report click here.
Cyberbullying largely affects children already being picked on, says research
Warwick University undertook a study where they assessed 2745 pupils, aged 11–16, from UK secondary schools to determine whether cyberbullying finds new victims.
They found although nearly one in three of the children said they had been bullied, just 1% were only bullied online.
Cyberbullying was found to lower self-esteem and increase depression as seriously as traditional bullying.
Prof Dieter Wolke, of the department of psychology at the University of Warwick, said: "Many media reports have portrayed that cyberbullying is an epidemic, suggesting many new victims are created. Our findings show that very few new victims are created.
"The same bullies that confront their victims in school and know them face to face also now use cyber tools to bully their victims and extend their reach to outside school.
"However, being directly victimised and relationally excluded are still the main forms of bullying."
Click here if you would like to read the article
Stand up to Bullying Day on 21st June 2017
Bullying isn't confined to the school gates and its victims aren't limited to young people.
To find out more, click here.
Instagram "worst for young mental health"
Instagram is rated as the worst social media platform when it comes to its impact on
young people's mental health, a UK snapshot survey suggests. To read the article click here.
Disfigurement in the UK
The UK's first Face Equality Day was Friday 26 May 2017. On that day Changing Faces published Disfigurement in the UK, a ground-breaking new report on the experiences of people who live with a condition, mark or scar affecting their appearance.
You can read the report by clicking here.