Anit-bul­ly­ing week takes off

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

SCHOOL chil­dren across Le­ices­ter­shire are be­ing asked to don odd socks as part of a na­tion­wide cam­paign to raise aware­ness around bul­ly­ing.

The ‘Odd Socks Day’ marks the be­gin­ning of Anti-Bul­ly­ing Week (Novem­ber 13-17), which Le­ices­ter­shire County Coun­cil is supporting. A key aim of the cam­paign is to help em­power chil­dren and young peo­ple to cel­e­brate what makes them, and oth­ers, unique.

With the mes­sage ‘All Dif­fer­ent, All Equal’, the week also aims to help young­sters un­der­stand how im­por­tant it is that they feel val­ued and able to be them­selves with­out fear of bul­ly­ing.

Coun­cil­lor Ivan Ould, Le­ices­ter­shire County Coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for chil­dren and fam­i­lies, said: “The ‘All Dif­fer­ent, All Equal’ mes­sage is a fan­tas­tic way to em­pha­sise the in­di­vid­u­al­ity of chil­dren across Le­ices­ter­shire and the ‘ Odd Socks Day’ is a great way to start pro­ceed­ings. It is easy to get in­volved with and there is no pres­sure to cre­ate an ex­pen­sive cos­tume.

“Bul­ly­ing can hap­pen to any­one of any age and can be phys­i­cal, men­tal or emo­tional. Find­ing the right sup­port is vi­tal to tack­ling the is­sues many of us face.

‘While any­one has the po­ten­tial to be bul­lied, some groups are more vul­ner­a­ble and at greater risk of be­ing tar­geted. It is real- ly im­por­tant that we un­der­stand the is­sues that young peo­ple face and fo­cus on these when we raise aware­ness to pre­vent and tackle prej­u­dice-driven bul­ly­ing.”

Schools can down­load a school pack and find out more by vis­itng: https:// www.anti-bul­lyin­gal­liance.org.uk/anti-bul­ly­ing-week/odd-socks-dayanti-bul­ly­ing-week

Dur­ing the week schools will be un­der­tak­ing their own aware­ness rais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, while the coun­cil’s anti-bul­ly­ing team will be de­liv­er­ing gov­er­nor train­ing and supporting train­ing for the wider chil­dren’s work­force about ho­mo­pho­bic, bi­pho­bic and trans­pho­bic bul­ly­ing.

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