Awards for Anti-Bullying Champions

Young people in South Tyneside who have gone the extra mile to stamp out bullying have been rewarded.

A total of 17 schools and community groups received an award for their outstanding anti-bullying work at an event at Boldon School.

Their initiatives were showcased through presentations as well as in poetry, song and rap.

Organised by South Tyneside's Participation Team and presented by the Junior Local Safeguarding Children Board, recently re-named the Super Safety Squad, the event seeks to raise awareness of bullying and the impact it can have.

Councillor Joan Atkinson, Lead Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: "Bullying can cause untold misery for victims. It is, therefore, vital that we continue to work with our young people to recognise and reward the fantastic work they do to stamp out this behaviour."

The awards this year included a Role Model Award which was presented to teacher Matt Esders from Jarrow School who organised a diversity week and has helped to develop a safer and more inclusive environment in school.

A new Inclusion Award went to Hebburn School for their work in raising awareness about the issues faced by young people from the LGBT+ community. The activities carried out by peer mentors allowed staff and pupils to discuss LGBT issues in a safe environment and informed their planning for Anti-Bullying Week.

The Mayor, Councillor Olive Punchion, who presented the awards, said: "Our young people have carried out some first-rate work and they are to be applauded for their creativity, hard work and also their determination to wipe out bullying in the Borough."

 

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