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Birmingham City Council

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The future of BRAG

Because of the changes in the Public Sector and uncertainty about future funding, the Bullying Reduction Action Group (BRAG) is reviewing how to continue this vital work in the future.

Amanda Daniels, Acting Chief Education Psychologist and Chair of BRAG says:

“We believe that it’s more important than ever that Anti-bullying work continues. Birmingham BRAG will strive to continue to support the reduction of bullying behaviour relating to children and young people in Birmingham.

"In spite of the challenging financial circumstances, we intend to continue to work in an inter-agency way to reduce bullying of all kinds, ensuring that Birmingham children and young people are safe and improving their educational achievements, health and wellbeing.”



Educate and Celebrate programme – How to make your school LGBT Friendly


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In September 2012, Birmingham City Council demonstrated its commitment to eradicating homophobia, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools by appointing an LGBT schools advisor. Elly Barnes delivers a FREE teacher-training programme called Educate & Celebrate to all Birmingham Schools. The training gives staff the confidence to implement an inclusive LGBT curriculum. There are opportunities to share experiences, try out effective resources, discuss successful strategies and gain practical advice on how to make all our schools LGBT friendly.

Birmingham schools ‘Educate & Celebrate’ showcases and workshops

All schools are invited to take part in the ‘Educate & Celebrate’ showcases and workshops. To see films, photographs, publicity and quotes from past events and concerts please visit www.ellybarnes.com/birmingham/ For information on how to become involved in the free Educate & Celebrate project please contact Elly Barnes.

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Preventing and Tackling Cyber-bullying

How to tackle Cyber-bullying: A Guide for Parents and Carers
This leaflet has been produced by Birmingham’s Bullying Reduction Action Group (BRAG) and parents from Nechells Pod and launched at the Nechells Olympics in June 2012

Read their blog post.

A copy of the leaflet can be downloaded below.




Professional Seminars

In February 2012, BRAG hosted a Professional Seminar on Safer Internet Day (SID) at the Canavan Centre, on the Stockland Green Site in Erdington.

Feedback from delegates was very positive and one said:


A presentation on Cyber-bullying, by Amanda Daniels, Birmingham’s anti-bullying lead officer & e-safety manager, Andy Pyper, can be downloaded below:

The UKCCIS Guide to Child Internet Safety can be viewed on the DfE web site.




Preventing and Tackling Homophobic Bullying

Birmingham City Council is delighted to be a Stonewall Education Champion and BRAG is proud of its inter-agency work with schools to prevent and tackle homophobic bullying.

Birmingham achieved 5th place in the national Stonewall Education Index in 2010 and 3rd place in 2012 and we are hoping to do even better in 2013.

You can find out about Birmingham’s work to achieve this recognition here: http://www.stonewall.org.uk/at_school/education_champions/6634.asp



BRAG has distributed Stonewall materials to Birmingham schools to help them tackle homophobic bullying. Find out more and get resources from





Anti-bullying Week 2012



Our Anti-bullying Week Seminar held on Thursday 22 November 2012 at Highbury Hall was a great success. Just over 100 teachers and other professionals working to Safeguard Children from Bullying attended.

Speakers

  • Deputy Lord Mayor, Anita Ward, (also the Chair of the Scrutiny Committee for Education and Vulnerable Children).

  • Susan Morris King – Ofsted’s lead advisor for Behaviour and Safety

  • Stuart Bray – a Stonewall Diversity Champion

More information about Ofsted’s advice about preventing and tackling bullying can be found on the National Guidance page.





Local Anti-bullying Providers

Download details of some local anti-bullying providers.

These are providers linked to BRAG, but remember, we haven’t the resources to monitor outside organisations. Always check that providers offer what your children, school and community need and that they have a track record of providing activities that work to prevent and/or tackle bullying in your setting.