Founded in 1985, Kidscape has a long history of providing practical support to children and families impacted by bullying. Bullying is a form of peer-on-peer abuse and there is a wealth of research showing the significant impact of bullying on physical and mental health. Kidscape runs workshops and a parent advice line for children and families impacted by bullying and is regularly in contact with families where children are showing signs of trauma because of bullying. This includes children who are too fearful to attend school, children who struggle in their relationships with others, children experiencing a range of mental health impacts including depression, anxiety and self-harm.
The Crysalys Foundation was established in 2017 by a small group of business leaders who wanted to make a positive difference for their community. The foundation has a diverse Board of cross-sector directors and several high-profile patrons working together as change-makers for a better future reducing disadvantage and acting as a catalyst for systemic and structural change. Their current focus is to prevent, reduce, mitigate, and treat childhood trauma impacts. In the last year, they have launched a number of high-profile UK first projects including Youth Court Solutions and Tackling Trauma.
Kidscape and The Crysalys Foundation will work together on a groundbreaking programme of work to increase awareness and support for children experiencing trauma because of bullying abuse. Plans include a review of current literature pertaining to bullying and trauma, the development of a questionnaire to assist parents and carers with identifying whether their child is showing signs of trauma, piloting of therapeutic support through BACP accredited therapists for children impacted by bullying, and the development of resources and training for health, education and social care practitioners to increase awareness and improve response.