What do ZAP workshops involve?

"I would definitely recommend Kidscape to others in the same situation, as I learnt a lot and had a really great day that I won't forget!" Young person

As part of the ZAP online workshop, Kidscape specialist trainers run two separate sessions: one for young people and a supporting session for parents and carers.

Session for young people

The session for young people has the following  goals:

Raising self-esteem

Teaching young people how to identify and be proud of their own unique strengths and skills - encouraging them to understand that the bullying is not their fault.

Exploring bullying roles

Defining the terms 'bully', 'bystander' and 'target', and exploring the types of behaviour that may be associated with these terms.

Assertiveness skills

Understanding the difference between aggression, assertiveness and passivity and how these are relevant to bullying dynamics. Young people will also learn a range of practical assertive strategies that will help them to deal with bullying situations that may occur in the future.

Positive body language

Identifying the impact of positive body language in relation to being assertive.


Raising awareness of safety risks when using the internet.

Session for parents and carers

"I really liked the chance to meet with other parents." - ZAP Parent 2020

The parent session has the following objectives:

Assertiveness training

Ensuring parents are familiar with the assertiveness skills being taught in the young persons' session, how they can practise these with them and their relevance to tackling bullying.

Open discussion

A chance for parents to talk about the emotional challenges of dealing with bullying and if they wish to, discuss the specific issues affecting their family. The trainer will offer steps and/or techniques that may be useful for the whole group.

Understanding modelling behaviour

Explaining to parents how their own experiences or behaviour (for example passivity or anger) may reflect on their child and offering ways in which they can use assertiveness skills to effectively communicate with the school.

Support sources

Providing information about other organisations and groups that are able to help, and making parents aware of their legal rights when supporting their child with bullying-related issues.

"I cannot express enough gratitude for the difference it's made to my son. Thank you, thank you, thank you."  - ZAP Parent 2019

ZAP stories

ZAP Stories

Hear from ZAP workshop participants and their families.

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ZAP workshops for children impacted by bullying (available online and in the community)

ZAP workshops bring together children facing a similar situation and teach a range of tools to increase assertiveness, build confidence and help manage bullying situations. 


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