Preventing and Tackling Bullying in Birmingham
Birmingham is for EveryoneBirmingham City Council is proud of Birmingham's great diversity and wants our city to be a place where everyone is welcome and can play a positive and active part.
We believe that all children, young people and adults have the right to learn and work in an environment where they feel safe and that is free from harassment and bullying.
We believe that bullying for any reason is unacceptable and are working hard to tackle all types of bullying, including bullying on account of people's race, creed, colour, sexual orientation or disability.
We are also finding ways to address new and emerging forms of bullying, such as cyber-bullying.
Bullying Reduction Action Group (BRAG)Across Birmingham many people are working hard to reduce bullying of children and young people in the city. The Bullying Reduction Action Group BRAG is a group of professionals from different agencies working with children and young people across Birmingham who seek to support the reduction of bullying behaviour relating to children and young people in Birmingham through:
- facilitating others to take action to prevent and tackle bullying; and
- disseminating good practice.
Working closely with Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board, BRAG has developed these pages to point you in the direction of all the information, support, advice and services you need to help you prevent and tackle bullying of children and young people, wherever you are in Birmingham.
Children & Young People
Parents & professionals
- What to do if a child is being bullied in Birmingham
- What’s happening in Birmingham to tackle bullying
- National Government Guidance for professionals
BRAG is a member of the Anti-bullying Alliance (ABA), a national network of organisations from the voluntary, statutory and private sectors across the UK, who work together to prevent and tackle bullying.
Stonewall Education Champion
Birmingham City Council is a Stonewall Education Champion.
BRAG is delighted that our inter-agency work to prevent and tackle homophobic bullying has been recognized by Stonewall. Birmingham achieved 5th place in the national Stonewall Education Index in 2010 and 3rd place in 2012.
Since then, Stephen Hughes, Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council has:
- appointed Elly Barnes, as LGBT schools adviser to introduce her “Educate and Celebrate” programme in Birmingham, to help schools become more LGBT friendly
- commissioned a report "Prevalence of Homophobia" - a survey of the views and experiences of Birmingham teachers and NQTs about the prevalence of homophobia and schools' responses to it.
Stephen Hughes (Chief Executive Birmingham City Council) says:
"These surveys provide clear evidence that we need to address the incidence of homophobic abuse in Birmingham Schools. As Chief Executive I have a duty to ensure that children are not subjected to such hate crimes.
"This is an incredible challenge for schools in Birmingham and the role of our teachers in protecting our children is one of huge responsibility and importance, through tackling homophobia and bullying at its inception, I hope we will see a positive impact on society as our young people embrace diversity."