AM Praises Local Action to Tackle Bullying

Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd Ann Jones has today congratulated a Prestatyn based anti-bullying campaign and has welcomed the commitment from Welsh Labour’s Education Minister, Leighton Andrews, towards tackling cyber-bullying in all forms.

Ahead of Anti-bullying Week in Wales, 19th-23rd November, the Minister called on all schools to firmly embed their anti-bullying policies and explained how the Welsh Government would support them in this work.

On a local level, representatives from Prestatyn Pop In Centre, the County Youth Service and the Prestatyn High School Head Teacher have been working to identify a consistent and effective way to deal with bullying within the local community for some time.

The group has developed close links with local primary schools, North Wales Police, NSPCC, Educational Psychologists and other voluntary youth groups in the town.

The main areas of the project are:

• I SPY, (Integrated Services Protecting the Young) and the list of safe places on the way to school.
• Shared understanding and definition of bullying – led by the PLC, which is based on the categories which the Welsh Office would be recording and how they will be tackled in schools.
• Education within the local community – parents, youth groups, etc.
• On-going education and monitoring

Ann Jones said:

“I welcome the commitment from Welsh Labour’s Education Minister, Leighton Andrews, to stamp out bullying.

“The anti-bullying group in Prestatyn is doing great work in tackling the root cause of bullying in all its forms and in making sure that everyone knows that bullying is unacceptable.

“The group has made real progress in engaging people right across the community; from school children, to local charities and the police. In sharing best practice between schools, this community led initiative can make a big impact.

“I’m so proud of the work the group is doing that I’ve written to the Education Minister to ask him to visit members of the group as I believe it’s a national example of what can be achieved.”