Our vision and mission
Our vision is for all children to grow up in supportive communities safe from bullying and harm.
Our mission is to provide practical support, training, and advice to challenge bullying and protect young lives.
Why our work matters
Being bullied (online or at school) is seen as the top barrier to having a good childhood. Action for Children, 'Choose Childhood', 2019.
Bullying is devastating for young lives. Anxiety, depression, self harm and suicidal ideation are common amongst children who experience bullying, and the negative effects can be felt long into adult life, affecting academic achievement, relationships and long term mental and physical health.
We define 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 behaviour can happen face to face or online, in school or the wider community. It can be verbal, physical or emotional and often has a disproportionate impact on children who are perceived as 'different' by others. This includes children from some minority or faith groups, disabled children and those with additional needs, young carers, young people who identify or are perceived to identify as LGBT+, children in care, children with illness and children living in poverty. Children have a legal right to be protected from all forms of bullying, harassment and harm.
Kidscape gives hope and help to thousands of children and families each year and work with diverse communities throughout England and Wales to help keep children safe.
Bullying is a complex issue which requires a multi-faceted response. There are many factors that influence behaviour – in our schools, our communities and online. We benefit from a wealth of research both in the UK and internationally relating to bullying, and we are influenced by a broad range of theoretical approaches. These include the need for interventions with children at an individual and peer group level (with targets, perpetrators and bystanders), family based interventions, work with schools and other institutions that impact the lives of children and young people (systemic) and wider societal influence.
The impact of our work
There are five main ways that we reduce the impact of bullying and harm:
- Building communities of support
- Reducing isolation and loneliness
- Promoting positive relationships
- Supporting resilience and wellbeing
- Helping children recognise and respond to bullying behaviour.
See Impact for details of what we deliver and how it changes young lives.
- We believe that every child has the right to live life free from bullying and harm
- We believe that all adults have a responsibility for creating safe and nurturing environments for children
- We value the role of parents and carers and work with them to keep children safe
- We believe that by working together we can protect more young lives and actively encourage partnership work