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About ABA

United against bullying

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We are a unique coalition of organisations and individuals, working together to achieve our vision to: stop bullying and create safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn. We welcome membership from any organisation or individual that supports this vision and support a free network of thousands of schools and colleges.

The ABA has three main areas of work:

  • Supporting learning and sharing best practice through membership;
  • Raising awareness of bullying through Anti-Bullying Week and other coordinated, shared campaigns;
  • Delivering programme work at a national and local level to help stop bullying and bring lasting change to children's lives;

We provide expertise in relation to all forms of bullying between children and young people. The Anti-Bullying Alliance was established by the NSPCC and the National Children's Bureau in 2002 and is hosted by the National Children's Bureau.

 

Our objectives

  • To raise the profile of bullying and the effect it has on the lives of children and young people
  • To create a climate in which everyone agrees that bullying is unacceptable
  • To make sure that teachers, youth practitioners, parents, carers, children and young people have the skills and knowledge to address bullying effectively.

Our values

woman talkingTo make sure we are united against bullying we have set values that all our members sign up to. The alliance:

  • believes bullying in any form is wrong and should not be tolerated, and that any environment that encourages bullying, or shows indifference to prejudice and discrimination is unacceptable;
  • believes bullying is a behaviour choice and that anyone can be encouraged to change their behaviour;
  • believes all children and young people have intrinsic value and worth and we embrace their uniqueness and autonomy;
  • respects difference and welcome diversity in our children, young people and in society in general, and believe our work should be inclusive of all;
  • believes children and young people should have the right to feel safe, secure and valued, and that creating a safe environment and dealing with bullying is our shared responsibility;
  • believes children and young people should actively participate in decisions that affect them and should be supported in taking responsibility for their choices and subsequent actions;
  • supports a range of positive strategies to deal with bullying and actively challenge the use of humiliation, fear,  ridicule and other similar approaches in an effort to reduce bullying;
  • works within the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (Articles 14 and 28); and
  • believes that people should be treated with respect and courtesy.

We work to achieve our objectives in three key ways:

  • Policy and advocacy work - partnership building, policy development and media work
  • Building the evidence base for effective practice- encouraging research and evaluation to identify what works; collecting and sharing effective practice; supporting new developments and innovations in line with the evidence.
  • Information sharing - disseminating and sharing information through our membership and developing resources for schools and other organisations that work with children and young people.

All Together: whole school anti-bullying programme

Registration for All Together is open for one more month! Join the programme today: Register for All Together

Already signed up? Click to access the All Together Hub **Please note, this is not the login page for the anti-bullying online training.

 

ABA's All Together programme is a whole-school anti-bullying programme offered free to schools across England.

It is mainly based online and involves: 

  • access to the All Together Online Hub, an online platform through which schools are able to audit their current anti-bullying practice and create an anti-bullying action plan that is tailored to their needs
  • targeted resources to help tackle bullying. This also includes specific resources to help tackle bullying of at risk groups. 
  • access to the 'All Together Pupil Wellbeing Questionnaire' which will tell you about levels of wellbeing and bullying among your pupils and allow you to monitor progress over the course of the programme. The results will report on a variety of indicators including SEN/disability and free school meals
  • online CPD-certified training for all staff, including a module on cyberbullying

It opened my mind and showed how we can address the issues we are struggling with

The programme includes a special focus on reducing bullying of disabled children and those with SEN but aims to reduce bullying of all children and young people. The All Together Programme is funded by the Department for Education and delivered by the Anti-Bullying Alliance with support from Contact. The current phase runs until March 2021, so sign up today! 

Click here to read a short report on the outcomes for schools who have taken part in the programme

 We've found it really simple and incredibly useful. It's informed policy and practice and, hopefully, will prove to have had a huge impact. Well done - please keep it running next year too!

Already signed up to the programme? Click here to access: All Together Hub