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Young People's Advisory Group on Bullying's presentation about the key findings from their meetings. By Adrian Jeacock and Katie McCraw.

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  • edited by adrian jeacock and kaitie mccraw Young People's Advisory Group
  • Our amazing group
    • We held 4 meetings across the county and over 30 young people (aged 12 – 19) contributed their views on bullying. We asked them what the most important problems were and what they thought the solutions should be.
  • What are the most important problems?
      • When young people report bullying they feel it isn’t always taken seriously and dealt with effectively. “People ignore it” they “don’t realize how bad it is and the effect it has”. They “don’t believe you and don’t take it seriously”.
      • If there is poor discipline and control in the classroom bullying is likely to be worse. “Teachers need to control and maintain discipline”
  • What are the most important problems?
      • Young people said they don’t want to report bullying because when they do they are not always able to do so confidentially. They feel they … don’t have control over what happens and that feels unsafe. They “don’t consider your feelings” and there is “no follow up”…
  • The effects of bullying
      • “ Difficult to tell people ….frightened of what they may say”
      • It changes you “you have to be the bully to fight the bully”
      • People don’t understand what bullying is, how it affects you or what they should do about it
  • Training
    • Young people thought that there should be “Compulsory training of all staff” ” They had clear ideas about what the training should include:
      • How seriously bullying affects young people & how bad it is
      • The psychology of bullying and how to deal with it
      • Listening skills
    • We should “involve young people in training” adults as they can tell what it is really like and what needs to be done
    Training
  • Support for young people who are bullied
    • Young people felt it was crucial to provide support for young people who are bullied, someone to talk to, reassurance and specially trained staff to help sort things out.
    • “ Clubs that are open, safe place to go”
    • To be listened to and provided with counselling – “someone to listen to me” – “reassurance” – “ counselling”
    • “ Groups for young people who have been bullied” to support each other and “learn strategies to deal with bullying”
    • “ Special teacher who is trained and experienced .. job to support people who have been bullied and help sort it out”
    • Adults “consult you about what should happen and get agreement before doing anything” They “respect your feelings and opinions” and keep you informed
  • Work with young people who bully
    • Young people felt that there needed to be a combination of effective sanctions and educating the young person responsible for bullying to help them stop.
    • “ Harsher punishment and sanctions” that work (like internal exclusions which include hard work).
    • “ Shock tactics” and showing young people the consequences of continuing to bully and hurt others e.g. visits to prisons, naming and shaming, withdrawal of privileges
    • Restorative meetings and groups for “bullies” which help young people to learn the impact of their behavior and how to behave differently. “Understand why they bully … try to get to the bottom of the problem” “Make sure they understand what they have done …. putting them in others shoes”
  • Prevention & Information
    • Young people felt that everyone needs “education on what bullying is”
    • An “internet website ….reporting and educating”
    • “ Needs to be confidential e-mail/text bullying service” for each school/setting
    • Films & DVDs for “bullies” and teachers/adults to show them the consequences of bullying
    • Police and community support officers need to be around before and after school and in the community to challenge bullying when it happens
  • Policy
    • Schools should be “forced to tackle bullying” and dealing with bullying should be “emphasised as a serious issue”
    • It should be a “requirement for bullying to be reported and recorded within schools”
    • Police need to be more involved
    • There should be an on-line reporting system that is referred back to schools
  • Anti-Bullying Peer Support Schemes
    • Young people feel it’s “harder to tell an adult” and that there need to be “other young people to listen to you” Each school needs to have an active system of peer support for bullying in place with older pupils providing support. “Older mentors, trained sixth formers and on-line peer support” schemes would be a good idea. Peer support was felt to be very important.
  • What are the solutions?
    • Young people saw the two most important solutions being to train adults to deal with bullying properly (1/5 of all comments) and providing good support for victims of bullying (1/5 of all comments).