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All Together Bulletin: united against bullying
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All Together Bulletin: United against bullying January 2017

This bulletin is about the All Together programme based at the Anti-Bullying Alliance. The All Together programme is a programme aimed to reduce the bullying of all children in school including disabled children and those with special educational needs (SEN). In this bulletin you will receive news and resources relating to the programme, bullying and SEN/disability.

ABA is leading on this government funded programme and working in partnership with Achievement for All www.afaeducation.org The Council for Disabled Children www.councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk and Contact a Family www.cafamily.org.uk. We are currently looking for schools and local authorities to work with on this programme which is providing free training, resources, audit tool and pupils questionnaire for schools across England. If you are interested in the programme please register your interest at www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/alltogether 
 
Contact a Family are offering a free helpline giving advice about bullying to parents and carers of disabled children / children with SEN. You can call them free on 0808 808 3555

 
Best wishes,

Martha Evans
National Coordinator
Anti-Bullying Alliance

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Bulletin Contents:

Programme News

Audit Tool Development 
We have developed a comprehensive audit tool for schools on the programme. The development of this tool has had input from schools and local authorities and has been influenced by previous successful programmes and a whole-school anti-bullying approach. For schools involved in the programme, they will have access to this interactive tool which will support them in auditing their whole-school approach to bullying reduction and will support them to create an action plan. Please register your interest today to be notified when the tool is available: www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/alltogether 

We need your help to plan the theme for Anti-Bullying Week 2017 
This year’s Anti-Bullying Week is taking place from 13th - 17th November 2017. We are currently looking at how we can develop the theme. We firstly want to hear from children and young people and professionals. We have developed two short surveys one for young people and one for school staff and other professionals. These surveys will be open until Wednesday 22nd February please do share them through your networks so we can make sure we receive as many views as possible. 

Children and young people survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SJKFTWR 
Practitioner survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SJMCHHK 
 
Tweets:

•    Do you want to help plan #antibullyingweek 2017? @abaonline are asking young people to complete this short survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SJKFTWR  
•    Do you want to help plan #antibullyingweek 2017? @abaonline are asking practitioners to complete this short survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SJMCHHK  

Facebook/bulletins: 

•    Do you want to help plan the theme for Anti-Bullying Week 2017? The Anti-Bullying Alliance are asking young people to complete this short survey about their thoughts on the theme for #antibullyingweek happening in November this year. Survey deadline: Wednesday 22nd February https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SJKFTWR 
•    Do you want to help plan the theme for Anti-Bullying Week 2017? The Anti-Bullying Alliance are asking schools and other children’s workforce professionals to complete this short survey about their thoughts on the theme for #antibullyingweek happening in November this year. Survey deadline: Wednesday 22nd February https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SJMCHHK 

SEN/Disability News

Making Participation Work
The Council for Disabled Children and KIDS are working together to deliver a new national participation programme with disabled children and young people, and children and young people with SEN. On 24th Feb 2017 they are holding their third national event in London to promote and develop young people’s strategic participation. To find out more and to register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/making-participation-work-tickets-29575438934?mc_cid=0f188165fa&mc_eid=8faab584b7&mc_cid=76249bc2a4&mc_eid=8df2fa7897 

Making Play Inclusive
Sense’s Play Inquiry found that children with multiple needs have significantly fewer opportunities to access play than their non-disabled peers. To help with these findings, Sense have developed two play toolkits: one for early years play settings and their staff, and one for parents. The toolkits have been created to help play providers and families develop fun and inclusive play opportunities. https://www.sense.org.uk/play/toolkits?mc_cid=76249bc2a4&mc_eid=8df2fa7897 

SEND Tribunal Statistics: July to September 2016
Extensive statistics covering the SEND tribunal have recently been released – statistics are broken down by numerous categories, including by type of appeal and LA area: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/tribunals-and-gender-recognition-certificate-statistics-quarterly-july-to-september-2016?mc_cid=76249bc2a4&mc_eid=8df2fa7897 

Disability Matters in Britain 2016: Enablers and Challenges to Inclusion for Disabled Children, Young People and their Families
This Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) report pulls together the views and experiences of disabled children, young people and their parents/carers. It aims to raise awareness of good practice being adopted already, encouraging others to follow this lead and help ensure that disabled people of all ages are valued as equals in our communities. http://www.rcpch.ac.uk/news/services-brand-youngsters-%E2%80%98too-disabled%E2%80%99-disability-discrimination-remains-rife-reveals-new-rep?mc_cid=76249bc2a4&mc_eid=8df2fa7897 

Further investment for Independent Support is confirmed for 2017/2018
The Department for Education has confirmed today that the Council for Disabled Children has been awarded a further £15m in government funding to continue the Independent Support programme until March 2018. https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/news-opinion/news/further-investment-independent-support-confirmed-20172018 

Anti-Bullying News

Safer Internet Day 2017 
Safer Internet Day 2017 is nearly upon us! It’s happening on Tuesday 7th February. It is organised by UK Safer Internet Centre and they have lots and lots of resources including lesson plans and social media plans on their website for you to access. The hash tag is #SID2017 and #giveasmile. The theme this year is Be The Change: unite for a better internet. The UK Safer Internet Centre wants to raise the question of the power of images online for both positive and negative. Sign up as a supporter at: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2017/become-supporter/register-safer-internet-day-supporter 

February is LGBT History Month! 
Schools Out UK organise LGBT History Month each February. This year the theme is 'PSHE, Citizenship and the Law’ School’s Out have many resources including lesson plans available on their website. You should also check out ABA member’s resources such as Stonewall www.stonewall.org.uk and Educational Action Challenging Homophobia www.each.education (EACH). And don’t forget to share your activity with us on Twitter. 

Exclusions statistics by reason of bullying
In December the Department for Education released its data for school year 15/16 about school exclusions. Within the data is the number of exclusions by reason of bullying. The data was very similar to previous years: 
•    Permanent exclusions: 30 (same as 13/14) 
•    Fixed term exclusions: 3420 (slightly higher than 13/14 which was 3360) 
You can access the data here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/permanent-and-fixed-period-exclusions-in-england-2014-to-2015 

Prime Minister unveils plans to transform mental health support
On 9th January 2017 Theresa May has announced a comprehensive package of measures to transform mental health support in schools, workplaces and communities. Measures that relate to children and young people include new support for schools with every secondary school in the country to be offered mental health first aid training and new trials to look at how to strengthen the links between schools and local NHS mental health staff. There will also be a major thematic review of children and adolescent mental health services across the country, led by the Care Quality Commission, to identify what is working and what is not and a new green paper on children and young people’s mental health to set out plans to transform services in schools, universities and for families. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/prime-minister-unveils-plans-to-transform-mental-health-support 

Time to give children the power to take care of their online lives 
Children are being left to roam the digital world without proper guidance or supervision – that is the finding of a report from the Children’s Commissioner. The Growing Up Digital report follows a year-long investigation into children’s digital privacy and shines a light on the unfathomable social media terms and conditions which children are routinely signing up to, but not understanding. http://childrenscommissionersoffice.newsweaver.com/InBrief/yqe2cl291dxyiw0fhafrle?email=true&a=2&p=254881&t=81309 

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