Respectme Annual Report Draft 1

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Respectme Annual Report Draft 1


<ul><li><p>annual r</p><p>ePOrT</p></li><li><p>contents3 FOrewOrd</p><p>4 YOung PeOPle led The waY aT naTiOnal cOnFerence </p><p>6 POlicY MaTTers</p><p>8 caPaciTY Building</p><p>10 resPecTMe Online cOMMuniTY </p><p>12 YOuTh grOuPs PrOMOTe anTi-BullYing week</p><p>14 wOrThY winners</p><p>16 andYs sTOrY</p><p>18 keY highlighTs</p><p>annual r</p><p>ePOrT</p></li><li><p>forewordThis has been very significant year for everyone at respectme. The last 12 months have not just seen more of the same; we continue to innovate and to develop new and inclusive ways of leading on anti-bullying work in Scotland. </p><p>This includes the development of our own social networking site, a platform that allows practitioners to interact, share and learn in a way they could not do before. This exciting resource will continue to grow and we want you all to play an active role in contributing to our community. </p><p>Anti-bullying week in November 2009 saw us take our activity to a whole new level. Alongside launching the social networking site, we hosted our biggest conference to date. Yet again the conference is notable for its inclusion and leadership from children and young people. Too often their inclusion at events is seen as tokenistic but to see children and young people deliver workshops, debate significant issues and canvas opinions throughout the day is something we are very proud of and will continue to do.</p><p>Anti-Bullying Week also saw the culmination of partnership work with five youth groups from across Scotland. We decided to take a different approach to campaigning during this time and gave five groups the opportunity to raise awareness and engage with their communities. The results were inspiring and you can read more about it later in the report.</p><p>Last year we committed to increasing the number of training events we deliver organisationally and the activity this year has been incredible; the number of events has increased by 200% in the last 12 months and we continue to engage with a truly diverse range of stakeholders. </p><p>We continue to influence policy at a local and at a national level; our work to engage with all of Scotlands local authorities is ongoing and has seen some excellent new and revised policies launched this year. We also look forward to the response from the consultation on the national approach to anti-bullying in Scotland.</p><p>As promised last year we have developed a self-evaluation model that allows us to continually review what we do. This year has seen phase one of the external evaluation, which focused on the impact we have had on our stakeholders. A report will be available at the end of April and I look forward to sharing its findings. Phase two will begin in May and will evaluate the subsequent impact on children and young people. </p><p>Effective partnerships are at the heart of everything we do. Change can only be achieved by working together, and we look forward to playing our part.</p><p>It has certainly been a busy year for respectme with two anti-bullying conferences held, the launch of new school resources such as the Andys story DVD, and extensive anti-bullying training and support for local authorities and schools. Anti-bullying remains central to making sure Scottish education and our new approach through Curriculum for Excellence is accessible and beneficial to all. It contributes to the health and wellbeing of all our children and young people. Thats why the work of respectme is so important. I know respectme will be instrumental in helping to instil a national and consistent approach to anti-bullying for Scotlands young people, both now and in the future.</p><p>Keith Brown, Minister for Schools and Skills Brian Donnelly, Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning </p><p>3</p></li><li><p>YOung PeOPle led The waY aT naTiOnal cOnFerence</p><p>November saw us host Scotlands third national anti-bullying conference at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow. It was our second conference in 2009, following the success of You can make a difference at Murrayfield Stadium last February. </p><p>We were joined by key speakers including Tam Baillie, Scotlands Commissioner for Children &amp; Young People and Keith Brown, Minister for Skills &amp; Lifelong Learning. Over 260 delegates attended from across Scotland to take part in a series of discussions and workshops three of which were delivered by children and young people. In fact, the extensive involvement and participation of children and young people from across Scotland was a key factor in the days success.</p><p>Really enjoyed this. It added a new dimension to the conference itself, and was interesting to hear the views of well-informed and thoughtful young people.</p><p>Comment from delegate on the conference debate</p><p>The peer mediation workshop was excellent; a nice mix of active learning and listening. The children were fantastic.</p><p>Comment from conference delegate</p><p>Thoroughly enjoyed the workshops. Learned a lot; particularly liked the involvement of young people. The drama workshop was very skilfully presented and managed. The involvement of young people made it real. It was obvious they were used to this kind of activity. Their professional approach is to be applauded.</p><p>Comment from conference delegate</p></li><li><p>Students from St Margaret Marys Secondary School helped to deliver a workshop, using drama as a resource with children and young people, while young peer mediators from Ormiston Primary School joined Carol Hope from the Scottish Mediation Network to highlight the challenges and benefits of developing peer mediation schemes in schools and out-of-school groups.</p><p>Young people from Gypsy Travellers Lives educated and in many cases, surprised delegates with their myth-busting quiz about the lives of Gypsy/Travellers, and young people from CK Respect showcased the work theyve done over the past two years, which examined bullying among people with learning difficulties. </p><p>A very well structured debate took place between students from Port Glasgow and St Andrews and St Brides High Schools, and was facilitated by Glenn Campbell, presenter of The Politics Show. </p><p>Port Glasgow High had perhaps the more daunting task of presenting the argument for the motion, but they did so very convincingly and professionally: </p><p>The significant occurrence of bullying in our schools is a problem - this is unquestionable. We also know that Government reports and figures clearly show that exclusion for bullying is remarkably low compared to other </p><p>reasons for exclusion such as disruptive behaviour. Surely its time to call this behaviour to account?</p><p>When it came to opposing the motion, the speakers from St Andrews and St Brides summed up their final thoughts:</p><p>Exclusions illustrate failure. They dont allow the school to work with the person exhibiting the bullying behaviour and support him/her to change the behaviour. Communication and working together is a more effective approach to dealing with any difficulty within the school community.</p><p>To capture the overall feel of the day, we were also joined by young people from Arbroath Academy who interviewed delegates about the conference and their views on a range of bullying issues. The interviews will be available on our YouTube channel shortly, and a full conference report can be downloaded from our website.</p><p>5</p><p>annual r</p><p>ePOrT</p><p>Exclusions are the best way of dealing with bullying behaviour in schools was the motion very ably argued by students from both schools.</p></li><li><p>Every child has the right to enjoy education and play in a safe, secure environment. To help achieve this, we play a key role in supporting partners and stakeholders to develop robust and inclusive anti-bullying policies which can be applied to everyday practice. </p><p>We continue to work strategically with partners to influence policy at a national level and this year we made a key contribution to the Scottish Governments consultation on the national approach to anti-bullying in Scotland, through our membership of the Scottish Anti-Bullying Steering Group.</p><p>This year has also seen us strengthen our relationships with other national bodies to influence national policy, including: Learning &amp; Teaching Scotland; Together, the Scottish Alliance for Childrens Rights; Young Scotland in Mind and Scotlands Childrens Sector Forum. </p><p>We have contributed significantly to the development of Mental Health Indicators for children and young people, and have a presence on the Scottish Mental and Emotional Wellbeing Schools Forum, which involves supporting the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence, the UNCRC, and Scotlands National Outcomes. </p><p>Our ongoing relationships with Scotlands local authorities continue to grow and we have welcomed the launch of policies in Dundee, Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Angus, Clackmannanshire, Argyll and Bute, Aberdeen City and South Ayrshire. We also helped Highland Council with their unique approach to Cyberbullying policy and practice. All of our policy development work is supported by a range of resources, including our Policy through to Practice workbook and one-day training.</p><p>Successful policy development and implementation relies on extensive consultation, not only among adults but with children and young people. In the past year weve worked with a number of organisations to facilitate discussion with children and young people to ensure that their input has influenced and shaped anti-bullying policies across Scotland. </p><p>In the coming year we will focus on engaging with those local authorities who are scheduled to revise their policies, and will continue to develop our presence in all other areas where services are provided to children and young people.</p><p>POlicY MaTTers.</p></li><li><p>As the managing partner of respectme, SAMH is proud of the work that respectme has achieved in the past year through its influence on anti-bullying policy and practice at a local and national level. SAMH will strive to work towards the future development of respectme as an integral part of its overall national anti-bullying programme.</p><p>Billy Watson, Chief Executive of SAMH</p><p>7</p><p>annual r</p><p>ePOrT</p><p>POlicY MaTTers.</p><p>Case Study: September 2009 saw the launch of Angus Councils revised anti-bullying policy. The policy was developed by a partnership of staff from primary and secondary schools and education support services, and involved consultation with staff, parents, pupils and members of the community. The policy endorses the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, noting that Children have the right to protection from all forms of violence (physical or mental). They must be given proper care by those looking after them. (UNCRC, Article 19)</p><p>Angus Council has also introduced a direct link between the information being captured via their recording forms. The Council is committed to giving anti-bullying work an appropriate profile and priority within their Single Outcome Agreement by having an indicator to measure the competence and confidence of adults to respond appropriately to the concerns of children and young people.</p><p>Your service has brought anti-bullying into the 21st century, which was very much needed. </p><p> Gillian Strachan, Lead Officer, Angus Council</p></li><li><p>2009/2010 has been another significant year for our practice development activities. </p><p>In the past 12 months, weve trained 712 people over 47 different events and there are now 372 people who are trained to deliver respectme training to colleagues in their organisations and communities. </p><p>Last year 117 people attended generic organisational training, a number which increased significantly to 302 in 2009/10. During the same period, the number of people who attended organisational Training for Trainers events more than doubled.</p><p> Weve been delighted with this uptake for our training, which remains high for events in the coming year. This cascade approach is vital to ensuring that there are genuine opportunities for adults across Scotland our access anti-bullying training and resources.</p><p>While weve continued to offer a full calendar of generic anti-bullying training and Training for Trainer events, weve seen a considerable increase in demand for bespoke training at an organisational level to compliment much of the work weve been doing around policy development and review.</p><p>This has led to partnerships with a number of organisations over the last 12 months, including those with Glasgow, Renfrewshire and Angus Councils, the Scottish out of School Care Network and the Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council.</p><p>Thousands of children and young people across Scotland will potentially benefit from our partnership with the Scottish out of School Care Network (SOSCN), the body which represents over 1000 out of school care services. We worked with SOSCN to review their anti-bullying policy guidance and delivered Policy into Practice training for key sector staff. </p><p>We delivered a follow-up anti-bullying training taster session in March, to enable SOSCNs Development Officers to promote respectmes resources to staff throughout the country. </p><p>Volunteers and staff working with children and families in Edinburgh are benefiting from a new community engagement training partnership we have formed with Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council. </p><p>After attending Training for Trainers, two staff worked with us to develop a tailored anti-bullying workshop as part of the Volunteers for Children and Families (VCF) forums rolling programme of training. The workshop was piloted in November, integrating a dedicated anti-bullying element to a programme that also features equality and diversity, counselling skills and mental health.</p><p>caPaciTY Building</p></li><li><p>We are expanding the range of training we offer in the 2010/11 calendar. </p><p>Cyberbullying...Are you switched on? our new one-day training, was developed in response to growing concerns from stakeholders about cyberbullying and its impact. The training has been informed by the views and experiences of children and young people and events are taking place in May and September. </p><p>Our Policy into Practice training is also being rolled out following a fantastic </p><p>response to the workshop we delivered at our conference. This training is designed to support organisations to review and develop anti-bullying policies through an inclusive process that genuinely impacts on practice. Weve taken a more practical and activity-based approach with this training, which will bring added value for participants and their organisations.</p><p>Further information on training dates and venues can be viewed on the website: </p><p>9</p><p>annual r</p><p>ePOrT</p><p>Case Study: This year we worked in partnership with Glasgow City Council to deliver a major anti-bullying training programme that will impact across all 29 of the citys learning communities. More than 80 education staff participated in one of four tailored two-day Training for Trainer events between October and December. A broad range of staff from across the local authority attended, including primary and secondary teachers, senior management and educational psychologists. </p><p>The programme is designed to support the implementation of Glasgow City C...</p></li></ul>