Schools, community groups and individuals in Wolverhampton are being encouraged to get involved during this year’s Anti-Bullying Week, which begins on Monday (16 November, 2020).

Organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, this year’s campaign has a theme of #UnitedAgainstBullying. The Alliance believes that, through shared efforts and shared ambitions, everybody can reduce bullying together.

The week will also offer the opportunity to recognise schools in Wolverhampton which have achieved Anti-Bullying Charter Status.

Getting involved is easy. Across the week, there are a range of activities that people can take part in – either online or at school, work or home. These include:

  • Monday: Odd Socks Day. Join thousands of schools and workplaces across the country by donning odd socks and sharing images on social media using the hashtag #OddSocksDay
  • Tuesday: Make a Puzzle Piece Pledge to show how you are uniting against bullying. This could be by sharing anti-bullying work, showcasing how you will look out for people who might be being bullied or how you are going to work together to address bullying. People can also share pledges on social media by tagging @abaonline and using the hashtags #AntiBullyingWeek and #UnitedAgainstBullying
  • Wednesday: Parents and carers are invited to join the Anti-Bullying Alliance, SafeToNet and Kidscape on a Facebook Live Stream where there will be a conversation about all things anti-bullying in 2020. To watch, please visit Facebook at 8.30pm
  • Thursday: Inspire each other to celebrate what a good friend is, by sharing videos and pictures on social media using the hashtag #AGoodFriendIs
  • Friday: – Make another Puzzle Piece Pledge

As well as the national activities, the City of Wolverhampton Council will be announcing the names of more schools which have been awarded Anti-Bullying Charter Status, as part of the Youth Engagement Strategy (#YES), on Friday 20 November. Those awarded with the status will be announced across the day on HeadStart Wolverhampton’s Twitter page, @HeadStartFM, and the #YES website.  

Councillor John Reynolds, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “Sadly, bullying is an issue that many young people in Wolverhampton and across the country still have to face on a regular basis. This can cause anxiety and distress and impact on their emotional wellbeing to a great extent.

“It is crucial that we all play our part to raise awareness of bullying and prevent it from happening. Therefore, we are encouraging all schools, community groups and individuals in the Wolverhampton to take part in Anti-Bullying Week and show that our city is united against bullying.”

To find out more about the national campaign, please visit Anti-Bullying Alliance.