Anti-Bullying Week 2020 is being held between the 16th and 20th November and is organised by Anti-Bullying Alliance. This year the theme is ‘United Against Bullying’

According to their Annual Bullying Survey, Ditch the Label found that 82% of young people felt lonely at some point. Not only that, but 42% of those who felt lonely, felt so mostly in their own homes.

Britain is a multi-racial and multi-faith country and everyone has the right to have their culture and religion respected by others. Nobody has the right to call you names or to treat them badly because of your colour, race or religion. It’s illegal and it can be stopped. Racist bullying is not just about the colour of your skin; it can be about your ethnic background or religion too. Racist bullying is the only type of bullying that schools must record.

Racial discrimination means being treated differently to someone else because of your race, perhaps by being told you cannot wear a turban if you are a Sikh, or hijaab if you are a Pakistani girl.

According to the Department for Education, their exclusion statistics found there were 71 student exclusions across Bradford in the 2018/19 school year.

This was a 22 per cent increase on the figures for 2017/18 when 58 pupils were suspended for racism

Bullying is far more widespread now, it is online, not just in school. It affects children’s social lives. How many people like statuses or pictures.

There is a strong link between cyberbullying and face to face bullying. Research has shown that 80% of victims of cyberbullying were also bullied face to face.

24% of children and young people will experience some form of cyberbullying.

17% of children and young people will cyberbully others.

Name-calling is the most common type of cyberbullying.

As part of their inspections, Ofsted requires schools to evidence their anti-bullying policies and interventions

Section 89 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 states that maintained schools must have measures to encourage good behaviour and prevent all forms of bullying amongst pupils. These measures should be part of the school’s behaviour policy which must be communicated to all pupils, school staff and parents.

As part of Anti-Bullying Week, schools across the district took part in ‘Odd Socks Day’ on 16th November.

Odd Socks Day has been designed to encourage people to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and what makes us all unique! Odd Socks day takes place on the first day of Anti-Bullying Week each year to help raise awareness of bullying.

But despite the campaigning, the figures are rising and more children are falling victim of bullying.

Are schools and authorities doing enough to combat bullying?