Five national charities team up for Anti-Bullying Week
This year Kidscape is supporting national Anti-Bullying Week's aim to stop bullying by launching the Being Me series, which is designed to give children and young people an insight into the potential challenges being faced by their peers. Kidscape has partnered with Carers Trust, Diversity Role Models, Potential Plus and The National Autistic Society to create this unique anti-bullying resource for schools.
Peter Bradley, Kidscape's Director of Services says "Thousands of children are bullied simply because they are different, and crucially, because those differences are not appreciated and understood. This year's Anti-Bullying Week aims to stop bullying for all, and one powerful way to do that is to encourage children to celebrate difference."
The series has been developed and produced by journalist Jenny Hulme, who met with children and the charities, hearing their stories of how cruel words, social exclusion or physical abuse cause harm and distress. It offers five powerful diary entries and short stories that typify 'a day in the life' of the young people that each charity supports. The whole series will be free to download for schools and professionals who work with children and young people.
Peter adds "Many teachers are doing excellent work to promote empathy and kindness, however, much more needs to be done. Being Me is a resource that they can use to start conversations about difference and tolerance. We want it to be used to give all children the skills and understanding to respect difference, to feel included and to get to better know their peers."
Claude Knights, Kidscape's CEO says: "I am delighted that Kidscape has been able to join with these four wonderful charities to create Being Me. We know that bullying can have devastating impacts on the health, wellbeing and learning of children and young people, and we have therefore developed Being Me to support schools' efforts in fostering kind and safe environments for their students."