Local Context

Many of the services working across the Children and Young People’s Partnership in Lincolnshire have implemented strategies to combat and prevent bullying with an emphasis on promoting self confidence and self esteem e.g. peer mentoring strategies which reinforce that bullying behaviours have consequences.

Lincolnshire schools continue to engage with the Healthy Schools programme.  This programme encourages children and young people in seeking solutions to bullying and use a variety of processes to ensure that their ideas play a significant part in shaping bullying interventions. Accredited Healthy Schools also ensure that children and young people are involved in the development, writing and evaluation of anti-bullying programmes, policies and approaches.

Early interventions to support positive parenting (See Strengthening Families Strategy) are increasingly important and will support development of our anti bullying aspirations. We are committed to listening to and acting on what children, young people and their parents tell us (See Participation Strategy).

In September 2009 a new inter-agency partnership Steering Group was established to build on previous good work undertaken by the Local Safeguarding Board and to take forward the development of a whole partnership Anti-Bullying Strategy.  As part of this work Anti Bullying Champions have been developed in each locality area and we have a commitment from all partners to say no to bullying.

The Children and Young People’s Plan has prioritised anti bullying work which will enable all our partners to support and champion anti-bullying work at Local Authority and partnership level.

Although Children’s Services is made aware of formal complaints in relation to bullying, there is still much work to be done regarding the reporting and recording of data on bullying.

As a result, in 2009, Children’s Services commissioned a web based pupil survey, (ECM Essentials), for all children and young people in Lincolnshire to help identify and assess the extent of bullying from a pupil perspective.

Results from the ECM Perceptions pupil consultation and our Tell Us 4 Survey results have enabled us to set targets for improvement, monitor progress and establish good baseline data (Appendix 1: Current Data).

We are also committed to an integrated approach to promoting children and young people’s emotional well-being.  The Anti Bullying Strategy is fully integrated with these aspirations and sets out a clear plan of action for reducing bullying incidents for all children and young people in Lincolnshire.

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Last updated: 16 October 2015

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