Young people lead the way to tackle bullying

A group of young people are helping to plan and present a conference to help raise awareness of bullying, amongst children’s services professionals across the city.

The Anti-Bullying conference will take place at The Moyes Centre at the David Young Academy on Thursday 13 November between 1pm and 5pm. Families and young people are also being encouraged to come along after school hours.

The conference is being organised by Leeds City Council with support a small group of young people from the David Young Academy, who have coordinated the day, arranged the stalls, designed the promotional material and made an anti-bullying video which will be premiered at the event.

Speakers from Stonewall & Stop Hate UK will address the audience of children’s services experts who come from a wide range of professions, including education, social care and third sector organisations.

Attendees are being invited to take part in workshops throughout the day, which include:

• tackling homophobic bullying;

• reporting hate crimes;

• drug advice for parents;

• emotional wellbeing and;

• the restorative approach to tackling bullying.

Special guests Jamie Jones Buchanan and Luke Briscoe from the Leeds Rhinos will host the closing address as part of their pledge to help make Leeds a child friendly city.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children’s services said:

“Bullying in any form must not be tolerated. Ultimately, bullying is a behaviour choice, one which parents, carers, teachers and the community must work together to challenge.

“This conference will help equip professionals who work with children and young people with the skills and information to help confront and tackle it. We are also encouraging schools to consider how children and young people can take the lead on changing behaviour and help to stop bullying for all.”

Parts of the conference will also be streamed live at: http://streaming.leafacademytrust.org.uk/


For media enquiries, please contact:

Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk