Brian Donnelly

‘Children want options to make bullying stop’

The outgoing director of Respectme reflects on a decade heading up Scotland’s anti-bullying service and how a personalised approach can best support pupils

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It is with mixed emotions that I write this. After 10 years as director of Respectme, Scotland’s anti-bullying service, I have this week returned to the looked-after sector for an exciting opportunity with Care Visions.

A decade ago, the policy landscape across schools and local authorities was, frankly, very poor with no coherent approach. People used bits of models from Scandinavia and Canada, so it was a real challenge to get all 32 authorities pulling in the same direction.

People like having a model to work to, and “Just tell me what to do/what to say” is an understandable and common ...

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