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Bullying

There is no single agreed definition of bullying.  However, the Welsh Government guidance suggests that it refers to behaviour which is deliberately hurtful, repeated often over a period of time and difficult for victims to defend themselves against.  Bullying can happen in a number of ways including verbal forms such as name calling and teasing, physical attacks and indirect forms for example spreading malicious rumours. Intensity of bullying has been further exasperated through increased use of social media.

Bullying can have a devastating effect on the emotional well-being of children and young people, and Children in Wales feels it is vital to work with partners to reduce incidents of bullying both in schools and across whole communities.  We believe that we need to work together to develop a shared understanding of bullying and bullying behaviours, and to build regional and national co-ordination.

Our work in this area includes:

  • Co-ordination of the Preventing Bullying Behaviours Group
  • Influencing policy and strategy in relation to bullying
  • Organising events examining themes relating to bullying
  • Training on cyber-bullying

For more information about any of these issues please contact: Sarah Thomas, Development Officer, South Wales, tel: 029 2034 2434, e-mail: sarah.thomas@childreninwales.org.uk

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