Involving children and young people

In an anti-bullying culture, children and young people promote:

  • respect
  • positive relationships
  • inclusive behaviour

This creates a nurturing environment where bullying is not accepted.

Children and young people should understand their roles and responsibilities in preventing bullying. This creates a culture where they feel safe to share their experiences and concerns.

In the schools we visited, staff are developing the role of children and young people. They support children and young people to have a sense of agency. This helps them to make informed choices about how to respond to bullying.

Following planned interventions, children and young people:

  • understand what bullying is
  • can contribute to developing and implementing anti-bullying policy
  • treat their peers with respect
  • are less likely to engage in bullying behaviour
  • challenge bullying behaviour and help ensure bullying cannot thrive
  • respond to bullying incidents through peer support

These approaches enable children and young people to deal with conflict and support others.