Has your child been bullied? Have they witnessed bullying?
If so, your experiences and your stories need to be told.
National Anti-Bullying Week launched on Monday November 17th with Council Leader Louise Goldsmith signing a pledge that the authority will not be a bystander to bullying.
West Sussex County Council is now asking parents and carers of children and young people – especially those with disabilities or special educational needs – to tell them about the bullying that they or their children may have experienced by completing a short online survey.
Peter Evans, County Council Cabinet Member for Children – Start of Life, said: “National research suggests that that disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs are more likely to experience bullying than others.
“We want to find out whether parents and carers know about the support services which are available, as well as find out more about the issues young people experience in West Sussex.
“We also want to hear from the children themselves, and the survey can be completed by children and young people, as well as their parents and carers.”
The results of the survey, which is anonymous, will be analysed by staff at West Sussex County Council and the findings shared with colleagues in Early Years, Social Care, Education and Young People’s Service.
It will then be used to feed into the Council’s anti-bullying strategy, which is due to be published next year.
The survey closes on Sunday November 30th.