Easily accessible online, the guidance for tackling bullying, which can be found on www.hants.gov.uk has been developed by the County Council’s Educational Psychology Team (HIEP; www.hants.gov.uk/educational-psychology). It complements the work the Team does with Hampshire and Isle of Wight schools and young people, across the academic year, to build children’s resilience and teach staff and students how to mitigate against and tackle bullying. Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have very low reported levels of bullying, and pupils report that where this is the case, they feel well supported by their schools.
Parents and carers are encouraged to listen to children and talk to them - to help them recognise their strengths and what they could do when they find themselves or a friend in a difficult situation. Among the suggestions and tips parents and carers are advised to try, are:
For the past ten years, the team has held annual conferences for primary school children to develop their understanding of bullying and how to eliminate it through kindness and being inclusive. Using positive psychological principles, the short interactive sessions equip Year 5 and Year 6 pupils (aged 9, 10 and 11 years) with positive skills for eliminating bullying that they can then share with their classmates and other peers.
These sessions are just one strand of the HIEP’s anti-bullying strategy, which includes governor training, intervention training for when bullying occurs in schools, and workshops to train school staff how to support parents.
More information on bullying and how to deal with it, can be found online: https://www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth/childrenandfamilies/safeguardingchildren/bullying