Milton Keynes’ Youth Cabinet (YCAB) is backing Anti-Bullying Week this year which takes place next week.
Anti-Bullying Week was started by the Anti-Bullying Alliance in the early 2000s as a way of focusing the attention of schools on tackling bullying between children and young people.
The key aims of the week are to empower children and young people to make a noise about bullying and to raise awareness of the impact of bullying on children’s lives.
Every two years, there is a vote on which issue YCAB should focus on during their time in office and the result was bullying. They will therefore be using this week as an opportunity to write to all of the schools across Milton Keynes and encourage them to review their anti-bullying policy.
By law, all state schools must have a behaviour policy in place that includes measures to prevent all forms of bullying among pupils. This policy is decided by the school and all teachers, pupils and parents must be made aware of it.
Mahi Joshi from Milton Keynes Youth Cabinet, said: “Bullying in any form is completely unacceptable and anti-bullying policies need to be kept up-to-date to ensure that everyone in a school knows what their role is in terms of preventing and tackling bullying.
“There are also ‘newer’ forms of bullying, like cyberbullying for example, that may not have been taken into account when the original anti-bullying policies were written.
“Therefore, we are writing to all schools to make sure that their policies are up-to-date and do justice to their pupils.”
Leader of the Council, Cllr Peter Marland, said: “YCAB’s theme is anti-bullying so it’s great to see them get behind anti-bullying week. I hope schools take notice of their letters and review their anti-bullying policies to ensure that the most vulnerable in our schools are protected.”