This Anti-Bullying Week, the Anti-Bullying Alliance are calling on schools and the wider community to take action to stop the bullying of disabled children and those with special educational needs.
Research shows disabled and SEN children are significantly more likely to experience bullying. We want to make this stop.
KIDS works with childrena and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and disabilities to empower them to reach their ambitions, and actively seeks to break down any barriers that may get in their way. Bullying is a significant barrier to any child or young person's well-being. This Anti-Bullying Week, let's stop bullying for all.
Anti-Bullying Week aims:
To stop the bullying of disabled children and those with special educational needs by equipping schools, colleges and youth services leaders with resources to encourage youth led anti-bullying initiatives that encourages inclusive attitudes amongst children and young people.
To educate those who support and work with children to recognise those who may be particularly vulnerable to bullying - encouraging an inclusive approach to all anti-bullying education.
To ensure the school and wider community understand that the use of any discriminatory language is wrong and will not be tolerated and that this includes challenging disablist language.
More from the Anti-Bullying Alliance
Recent research shows that disabled primary school pupils are twice as likely as other pupils to suffer from persistent bullying
Bullying may have been experienced by roughly 8 out of 10 of young people with learning disabilities
82% of young people who are disfluent (those with a stammer) may have been bullied
39% of children speech and language difficulties may have been bullied
Over 90% of parents of children with Asperger Syndrome reported that their child had been bullied in the previous 12 months alone
Guides for download:
10 key principles to reducing bullying in schools
A guide for schools and the wider children's workforce about tackling cyberbullying for children and young people with SEND
Challenging bullying and harassment of disabled people for teachers
Cyberbullying and keeping safe online: for young people
SEND & cyberbullying guidance for professionals
Other cyberbullying resources
Resources for the community
Advice and support:
The Contact a Family helpline are also able to offer specialist advice and information for parent carers in relation to bullying of disabled children and young people and those with SEND. Families can contact the free helpline on 0808 808 3555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents can get advice and support from the Parentline helpline on 0808 800 2222 or visit www.familylives.org.uk
The Department for Education are working very closely with the Anti-Bullying Alliance, and the SEND reforms are aiming to reduce bullying among children with SEND. They say that no child should ever suffer from bullying, and place high importance on tackling bullying of all kinds. With the Anti-Bullying Alliance, they are to communicating both how unacceptable bullying is, but also offer schools some practical information about how to address bullying against those with SEN and disabilities.