Alliance aims to allay anxieties

1st October 2004 at 01:00
Claire Fox's article revealed some misconceptions about the nature of anti-bullying work and the aims of the Anti-Bullying Alliance (TES, September 10).

Of course we need to keep a sense of perspective about what is relatively harmless childhood behaviour and what constitutes something more serious.

However it is vital that we have strategies in place to help those children who are suffering as a result of bullying. A total of 31,000 children felt sufficiently unhappy about being bullied to call ChildLine last year, a significant increase on the previous 12 months.

Far from inflaming parental anxiety, the Anti-Bullying Alliance aims to dispel the doom and gloom around bullying by promoting strategies which are already proving to be successful in schools and spreading best practice at regional and national level. We hope that TES readers will support Anti-Bullying Week, November 22-26, which will showcase much of this work.

Vanessa Cooper. National coordinator Anti-Bullying Alliance. National Children's Bureau

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