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Council encourages community support for Anti-bullying week 2018

News Posted: 14th November 2018

With Anti-bullying Week 2018 running from 12-16th November, Shetland Islands Council is raising awareness of the national campaign #chooserespect, which aims to prevent bullying by promoting respect and inclusion across the community.

A number of Council services are backing the campaign and highlighting a number of ways that the public can get involved in different settings, including schools, workplaces, community groups and sports clubs.

It is widely recognised that bullying can have a serious effect on people’s mental health, ambitions and potential to thrive.  Earlier this year, the Council approved a revised policy for Anti-Bullying in Schools to support schools to recognise and respond to bullying behaviour.  The policy emphasises that promoting positive relationships and respecting differences will help to create an environment where bullying cannot thrive. The policy also aligns with Respect for All: the National Approach to Anti-bullying for Scotland’s Children and Young People.

The national #chooserespect campaign reinforces this message and encourages individuals to respect each other, regardless of their differences, in the wider community. Community groups, such as sports clubs, are places where children, young people and adults can learn about respect, inclusion and positive relationships through positive coaching. 

Councillor George Smith, Chair of the Council’s Education and Families Committee said: “The #chooserespect campaign will focus our attention on this important topic during Anti-bullying Week 2018.  We want schools, sports clubs, workplaces and community groups to get involved and kick start a discussion about promoting positive relationships, so that Shetland continues to be a community where bullying is challenged, and everyone is treated with respect regardless of their differences.” tbc

#chooserespect resources and further information for Anti-Bullying Week 2018 are available on the Respect Me website at - https://respectme.org.uk/

If you are concerned about someone’s welfare, please tell someone who can help.

These are the phone numbers:

Duty Social Work (for Children)
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm:
01595 744000

Duty Social Work (for Adults)
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm:
01595 744400

Outside office hours:
01595 695611

Police: 101

Children’s Reporter:
0131 244 3780