Calls for new anti-bullying policy

A conference is being held in Cardiff to discuss future policies on anti-bullying. A recent survey by the Children and Young People's Assembly for Wales has found almost half of children in Wales admits to being bullied.

Welsh Government: Schools must have anti-bullying strategies

The Welsh Government says schools in Wales must have strategies on anti-bullying put in place.

Children charities have raised concerns of current strategies after a recent survey found around 50% of Welsh children reported they'd been bullied.

Bullying of any kind is totally unacceptable and all schools in Wales must have an anti-bullying strategy in place.

We have taken a number of steps to help schools manage bullying, including Respecting Others, a suite of comprehensive anti-bullying guidance to help schools put in place effective strategies to prevent, respond to, monitor and record bullying.

We have also made £530,000 available to local authorities for behaviour management training for teachers, including specific anti-bullying interventions, and we are strengthening opportunities for newly qualified teachers through our Masters in Educational Practice.

– Welsh Government spokesman

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Children charities call for new policy on bullying

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47.2% of young people now report being bullied compared to 45.7% in 2007 Credit: PA

Children charities and teachers are calling on the Welsh Government to implement a new policy on bullying in schools.

This comes as survey by the Children and Young People's Assembly for Wales, Funky Dragon, shows nearly 50% of Welsh children admitted to being bullied.

Delegates will address a panel made up of Assembly members, teachers and police officers on the need for a more co-ordinated approach to tacking bullying.

The Funky Dragon survey found that 80% of 14-15 year-olds said they had been verbally bullied.

The annual anti-bullying week begins on the 18th November.