Community work will help bullying
But is the executive correct in its assumption? Too often, we read of schools brushing aside parental claims of their children being bullied and not being seen to take them seriously. This suggests that schools still need a focal point to keep up the momentum. The extension of anti-bullying work into the community, and the symbolic emphasis on mental well-being and homophobia, should help schools by reinforcing what they do on a broader front. If they benefit from that approach, good and well. But the renewed service should not jump too readily to that conclusion.