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Creating an anti-bullying culture

As Anti-Bullying Week approaches, what can schools do to prevent bullying among their pupils? Rebecca Oram looks at some practices to take on board

In 2016/17, there were more than 24,000 Childline counselling sessions with children about bullying.

Children are affected by many different types of bullying. As well as the forms of bullying that happen in person, there are now various channels offering the potential for cyber-bullying too. This combination of methods can make bullying more hidden, pervasive and difficult to deal, because it can occur at anytime, both inside and outside the school gates.

While bullying is not a new phenomenon in schools, it is still a persistent challenge – so how can you be sure you are doing all you can to prevent and tackle it? Here are four points to think about.

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