United Against Bullying During ‘Anti-Bullying Week’
Highlighting the Club Anti-Bullying Guidance Available
This year’s Anti-Bullying Week theme is ‘United Against Bullying’ and we're fully behind the Anti-Bullying Alliance’s (ABA) activities, urging local clubs to download and share The FA’s comprehensive policy template.
As in previous years, we're keen to support the week of action (16th-20th November) by asking for the help of local clubs, who are encouraged to sign-up to the FA Anti-Bullying Policy. Available below, it provides clubs with guidance on:
*signs and indicators of bullying;
*types of abuse, including discrimination and online bullying;
*organisations who can provide help and support for both parents and young people.
Anti-Bullying Week calls on children and young people to take a lead in creating a future without bullying, using new technologies to promote positive communication rather than being held back by cyberbullying. The objectives of the week are:
*to ensure all children and young people are equipped to recognise and challenge bullying behaviour wherever it happens - whether face-to-face or in cyberspace;
*to equip schools, colleges and youth service leaders with resources to encourage youth led anti-bullying initiatives and the positive use of new technologies;
*to educate those who support and work with children to recognise those who may be particularly vulnerable to bullying through new technologies - encouraging an inclusive approach to all e-safety education.
The ABA worked with 300+ youngsters and 100 members of school staff to develop 2020’s theme. Their ‘manifesto for change’ reads: "This year, more than ever, we’ve witnessed the positive power that society can have when we come together to tackle a common challenge. Anti-Bullying Week is no different. Bullying has a long lasting effect on those who experience and witness it.”
“But by channelling our collective power, through shared efforts and shared ambitions, we can reduce bullying together. From parents and carers, to teachers and politicians, to children and young people, we all have a part to play in coming together to make a difference. We’re all a piece in the puzzle, and together, we’re united against bullying."
Please download The FA’s Anti-Bullying Policy template for grassroots clubs below. Click here to find out more about Anti-Bullying Week, and the work of the Anti-Bullying Alliance. For direct support in dealing with bullying issues within youth football, please contact your Club Welfare Officer.