One of our key Principles here at Strength Restored is working in partnership with people and organisations. This is the reason why we recently became a member of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition. Today we have been able to this a step further, and can exclusively reveal we have been accepted as a Core Member of the Anti-Bullying Alliance
The ABA was set up a few years ago by the NSPCC to bring together organisations to collectively strategise on how we tackle bullying across the UK as a whole. If you have heard of Anti-Bullying Week, these are the guys behind that.
This is how the ABA describe themselves on the Website:
“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.
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.
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.
To 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.”
So what does it mean for us to be Core Members?
As a Core Member we must
Agree with the ABA’s Statement of Purpose and values framework
Have a substantial focus on delivering projects and programmes that aim to reduce the incidence of bullying and create safer environments for children and young people
Agree to participate in the work of the Alliance (including regular attendance at members meetings) and contribute to discussion and debate within the Alliance in order to further understanding of effective anti-bullying practice
Provide contact details of a senior staff member who will attend the ABA members meetings and undertake to disseminate ABA information within their organisation
Core members are offered the following benefits:
Use of the ABA member logo
The right to vote for the ABA Chair/members of the ABA Advisory Group
The opportunity to stand for election to the Chair/ABA Advisory Group
The opportunity to take part in ABA consultations e.g. on government proposals
Receive ABA e-bulletins
Attend ABA member meetings and other events
I hope you can understand why we are so excited by the offer of this membership!