Prestatyn anti-bullying scheme to be a national example

The First Minister of Wales has revealed that a Prestatyn based anti-bullying scheme is to be considered to be a national example of what can be achieved on a local level to stamp out bullying.

Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd Ann Jones questioned the First Minister at the National Assembly for Wales on the Welsh Labour Government’s action to tackle bullying.

Ann Jones said: “I was pleased to welcome the Education Minister to see the success being achieved by the community in tackling bullying.

“An initiative developed at Prestatyn High School is ensuring that bullying is tackled at the root cause and that children can have access to ‘safe havens’ in case they feel threatened by bullies.

“The group has made excellent progress in engaging people right across the community; from school children, to local charities and the police.

“Would you agree with me, First Minister, that in sharing best practice between schools, this community led initiative can make a wider impact across Wales?”

In response, the First Minister stated that: “It’s a very impressive scheme and it’s very encouraging to see the scheme being developed on a sustainable and community basis in Prestatyn.

“I have asked my officials to keep in touch with the progress of I-Spy with a view to sharing it as an example of good practise with local authorities across Wales.”

The I-Spy campaign was set up 18 months ago to bring local schools, community groups and police together to tackle bullying, means that shops and businesses are being asked to provide “safe havens” for children being bullied en route to school as part of a crackdown in Denbighshire.