Schools unite to banish bullying
schoolchildren are teaming up with the city council to say "NO" to the
bullies. Every school in Liverpool is being urged to sign up
to a new charter, pledging their commitment to combating bullying.
Schools across the city will be asked to adopt ‘The Bullying
Charter for Action’ with staff, pupils and parents working
together to create school communities where bullying is not
It’s part of the city’s new anti-bullying strategy,
launched 9 July 2007. The strategy - which young people
themselves played a major role in developing - puts a number of new
measures in place to combat bullying and protect the most
vulnerable, including children with special needs and disabilities
and victims of racist and homophobic bullying.
Members of Liverpool Schools Parliament will join council officers,
police, voluntary groups, PCT officers and Connexions staff for the
launch. They will unveil a range of hard-hitting anti-bullying
posters ‘Stand Up, Speak Out’ created by youngsters in
support of the campaign. The posters will be placed in schools and
youth centres throughout Liverpool.
The city council’s executive member for Children’s Services,
Councillor Paul Clein, said:- "Tackling bullying is a major
priority for us, and we’re determined to eradicate it in our
schools. To achieve that, it’s vital that there’s a united front
between pupils, school staff, the council, police, health
professionals, parents and governors. That’s what this new
initiative is all about. We cannot underestimate the impact
bullying has on the health, learning and attendance of children. It
can effect children’s development and cause major problems which
last into adulthood. We want to drag bullying out into the open and
make it is everyone’s problem. We are already doing a lot of
good anti-bullying work, but this new plan will allow us to better
focus our efforts and pool our resources. Above all, it will allow
us to place the people who matter – our children and young people -
at the heart of the fight against bullying.”
A new vision for tackling bullying became a major priority in the
council’s Children and Young People’s Plan, after consultation with
schools highlighted that bullying was one of the key concerns facing
young people. A bullying audit found that one in three young people
in Liverpool had experienced bullying over the past 12 months.
Children and young people have been widely consulted to make sure
the strategy reflects their concerns and needs. It includes plans to
establish a central database to monitor and record all bullying
incidents across the city as well as proposals to appoint a number
of anti-bullying co-ordinators to act as a first point of contact
for young people and parents across the city.
The strategy and charter will be launched at an anti-bullying forum,
‘Liverpool - Reasons for Change’ at LACE Conference Centre, Croxteth Drive. More than 200 delegates will be at the event which
aims to raise awareness and encourage good practice.
Liverpool’s young people themselves will take centre stage, talking
to guests about their experiences as well as their hopes for a
future free of bullying. Holly Lodge Girls College will give a
presentation about friendship and the city’s successful Bullybusters
campaign, and there will be presentations from St Cleopas and Roscoe
Keynote speakers will include Councillor Paul Clein, and the
council’s executive director for children’s services Stuart Smith as
well as Granada presenter Tony Morris.
Councillor Clein added:- “I’m very proud of the work that has
been done on Liverpool’s new anti-bullying strategy. It’s a major
step forward in our efforts to make schools safer, healthier places
for all young people. It’s fitting that young people
themselves are launching it – after all, this is all about them.
They played an important role in developing the strategy, and, of
course, they will have a major part to play in is future success.”
Letters To Editor:- "Welcome to Southport... I don't think so!"
"ON Sunday 1
July 2007, we visited Southport on recommendation.
We parked the car in a parking bay in Portland Street. Upon our
return to the car after lunch, a fixed penalty ticket was on the
I have travelled all over this country, including the capital, where
parking in parking bays on the street is free on Sundays.
I realise now I should have checked the times on the pay and display
machine. Apparently parking is free on Sundays up until 1100 hours
I wrote to Sefton Council and explained I was a visitor to the town
from the South of England and was not aware of the restrictions in
Southport. I received a reply stating the ticket would not be
cancelled and that I was to pay £30 within 14 days or £60 otherwise.
We shall not be returning to Southport. We feel we have been
discouraged from doing so by an unsympathetic Council's attitude
towards visitors. I would add we are not deliberate law breakers.
Welcome to Southport, I don't think so." John White
New Taxi Rank at the
Main Entrance of Southport District General Hospital.
Photograph with thanks to
Southport Hackney Carriage Taxi Associations have now got a New Rank
outside the Main Entrance of the Southport and Formby District General
Hospital on Town Lane. The rank has been long awaited by both the
taxi drivers, the many hospital staff and visitors to the hospital.
Patients and Visitors can now enjoy a new service using their mixed
“For Immediate Hire” taxis, many with wheelchair
access. Tony Crabtree who is the Sectary of the NSHCA said:-
"This is fantastic new. We have asked for this for a very long time
and we are extremely pleased that it has now been made reality. This
will have a huge effect on the way we can service the hospital and
ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN TO HEADLINE ECLECTICA MUSIC FESTIVAL
Echo and the Bunnymen has been announced as the headline act for
this summer's free Eclectica Music Festival in Victoria Square,
St.Helens (midway between Liverpool and Manchester) on Saturday 11
The show will be
offering a diverse combination of music genres, Eclectica is one of
the North West's most exciting, innovative, and up-and-coming summer
music festivals. In addition to Echo and the Bunnymen, Eclectica '07
will feature a similar first-class mix of exciting established bands
and flourishing new talent, all for FREE!
The event is being
run in association with St.Helens Council, Love Music, Hate Racism
and the Citadel Arts Centre.
For up to date
information all about the show then go online to
telephone 01744 755150.