ZAP workshops for bullied children


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Where are the ZAP workshops held?

ZAP workshops are held at three different venues: London, the Midlands and the North East. 

All of our venues are within walking distance of mainline stations.

When do ZAP workshops run?

In the Midlands and North East, ZAP workshops run on Thursdays, and in London on Tuesdays (full day), usually during school term time. 

What time do the ZAP workshops start and finish?

10:00am-3:30pm, with registration at 9:45am.

What is the structure of the day?

The ZAP workshop for young people runs from 10:00am-3:30pm. Lunch is at 12:30pm for both parents and children. The parents' session is in the afternoon between 1:15pm and 3:30pm, so there is no need for parents to stay for the morning session. For more information, click here.

Why are ZAP workshops not held at weekends or in holidays?

We do not have the resources to run ZAP workshops during weekends, and have found that we do not have the demand from applicants to run the workshops during school holidays.

How much does it cost to attend ZAP?

Nothing. ZAP is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the workshops are provided free of charge.

Do I need to bring lunch?

Yes. Please bring a packed lunch for you and your child.

Does a parent or carer need to attend on the day?

Yes, all young people must be accompanied by a parent or carer. The parents' session is an integral part of ZAP as adults will be given the critical information needed to ensure the skills their child learns on the day can be practised after the session. They will also be given key advice that will help them to effectively support their child in the future.

Do I need to declare that my child is on medication?

Only if your child will need to self-administer medication on the day. Please let us know in the application form.

Should I notify you in advance if my child has special needs or a disability?

Yes, please let us know in the application form so we can ensure that your child is safe and comfortable on the day.

Do I need the school's permission to bring my child to ZAP?

Yes. You must notify the school and receive official permission for your child to attend ZAP. In our experience, schools are very willing to authorise absence for the purpose of ZAP. However, if you are concerned, please download our letter template written by the ZAP coordinator and addressed to the head teacher, which outlines the benefits of the workshop and makes an official request to grant absence.

Can I bring another child with me on the day?

No. We do not have the resources to take care of siblings on the day and due to confidentiality reasons, we also do not allow children to join the parents' session.

What age will the other children attending the workshop be?

All children invited to attend ZAP will be placed with peers of similar age.

Will my child be asked about their bullying experience during the workshop?

No. ZAP trainers will never ask any young person about their bullying experience.

Why is practising the skills learnt at ZAP so important?

It is really important for parents to familiarise themselves with the skills their child learns at ZAP so they can practise these with them afterwards. Only once a young person is comfortable in using these skills will they be able to become assertive and more confident in dealing with the bullying.

How many times can my child attend a ZAP workshop?

Due to the amount of children who are much in need of support, unfortunately young people can only attend ZAP once.

However we do run ZAP Plus, a residential weekend for young people aged 13-16 who have previously attended our London ZAP workshop. It is an annual programme that takes place in June. For more information email

Can I get in contact directly with other parents/young people who are in my ZAP workshop?

Many parents and young people make lasting friends from ZAP, and we encourage families to stay in contact if they wish. But due to confidentiality reasons, we cannot divulge contact details of ZAP attendees, so please be sure to exchange these on the day.

What help can you offer families after attending a ZAP course?

Kidscape has an extensive advice section online for young people and parents, and a collection of downloadable resources that are expanding regularly. To keep abreast of developments, please keep visiting the Kidscape website.

I would like to support Kidscape, how can I do this?

As a small charity, Kidscape relies heavily on the kind support of the public. You can help Kidscape in a number of ways from making a donation to fundraising. Visit our Get involved section for more information.

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