Anti-bullying is one of the key priorities for the Children and Young People's Trust (a partnership board for children and young people).
Salford is developing a city-wide strategy for tackling bullying, which is being written with the help of Salford's young people and their families.
Bullying affects a large number of children and young people and is the most prevalent ill-treatment of all abuses to children. Salford's current anti-bullying strategy, is written to provide a whole authority approach to countering bullying and aims to coordinate the work of all organisations in making Salford a safe place for children.
The safety and wellbeing of our children and young people is paramount and a key priority for the council.
Our schools and services have some excellent examples of best practice. Working in partnership with Bullying Intervention Group (BIG), we have 30 schools and other settings working towards a national award. Seven settings have already achieved their award with Salford local authority achieving this in October 2012. Salford is only the second local authority to achieve this award in the UK.
The peer to peer groups aims are to:
Ofsted recommends BIG in their equality inspection briefing. This briefing is intended to help inspectors within the inspection to judge the impact of schools' work in advancing equality of opportunity, fostering good relations and tackling discrimination.
For further information, go to the Bullying Intervention Group website.
The Salford Young People's Council have also identified bullying as one of their priorities to tackle in 2012 to 2014.
Working in collaboration with the Salford and Young People's Trust, we are happy to launch our priorities for 2013 to 2016 with our updated anti-bullying strategy. This will be available in due course.
An emotional health directory which informs professionals on services available to them in preventing and intervention of bullying incidents is now available from the Partners in Salford website.
Exceeding Expectations is an initiative that aims to support schools in tackling homophobic bullying. It is a multi-agency partnership between Salford City Council, the Lesbian and Gay Foundation, Manchester Healthy Schools Partnership, Albert Kennedy Trust, Lesbian and Gay Youth Manchester, 42nd Street and Hope Theatre Company.
The partnership has been funded to support secondary schools in the city to combat homophobia and homophobic bullying. The initiative provides schools with a variety of resources, training and support. Also, free theatre in education is provided to support existing anti-bullying measures and policies.
The theatre production 'OUTLOUD' written by Hope Theatre Company and commissioned by Exceeding Expectations, contributes to Every Child Matters - being safe and being happy outcomes, as well as mental health, emotional health, well being and sexual health areas of work.
It helps schools safeguard young people from bullying and discrimination and assist in all our attempts to create a safe and happy learning environment. Exceeding Expectations is coordinated by the Lesbian and Gay Foundation.
We work closely with our Greater Manchester authority partners on tackling bullying. Young people from Salford are currently working in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester on a department for transport project to reduce hate and bullying incidents on public transport.
Ten schools and youth groups were invited as part of anti-bullying week 2012 to work with the Nathan Timothy Foundation to create an anti-bullying musical album.
The Songwriting Charity addresses the emotional health and well being of children using songwriting and music technology. Their one day workshops are unique, presenting children and young people with opportunities to sing, write lyrics, perform and record their ideas both individually and as a team, evaluating their progress and actively supporting the progress of their friends every step of the way.
Recorded material is then available free to download and groups can use the songs for presentations, assemblies, special events or for use out in the wider community. Visit YouTube to see the Salford schools videos.
Please visit the Department for Education website for the latest guidance for reporting for schools and services working with young people.
Each November, we offer an opportunity to our schools and other settings to ask our children and young people what their thoughts and feelings are about bullying. This information forms part of our anti-bullying strategy.
Alongside the anti-bullying survey, we have created a presentation and resources to introduce discussions for staff working with children and young people which they can use. Please see the downloads section at the bottom of this page.