Young people tell us that the biggest issue for them is not feeling safe and 'The Power of Me' is our response. The initiative was launched at the Headingley Experience with an invited audience of children and young people from schools who have helped us develop our new approach. The campaign has been developed with young people from 22 schools across the city and is a whole city approach to help us build resilience in our young people, to tackle cyber-bullying and to stamp out bullying wherever it happens.
The elements of the new approach are:
- peer support teams trained by Childline as first point of contact for anyone who has been bullied or feels unsafe;
- Leeds Rugby Foundation providing positive breaktime activities;
- Anti-bullying Alliance training for staff;
- Restorative Justice training involving the West Yorkshire Police and Leeds City Council's Youth Offending Team;
- 'Mission Transition' a musical production to support transition to secondary school.
'The Power of Me' is sponsored by First Direct Bank and provides help and advice to anyone who is experiencing bullying or dealing with it in schools. Bus adverts are helping to raise the profile of the scheme which is supported by posters, postcards and stickers.
The launch was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and learn. If you want to find out more about this brilliant scheme contact my colleague Hilary Farmery on firstname.lastname@example.org.