11th November - 15th November
Top Tips for Foster Parents
Anti-bullying week occurs every year encouraging everyone to make small, simple changes to break the bullying cycle and create a safe environment for all.
The Anti-Bullying Alliance has announced the theme of the week as ‘Change Starts With Us’, underlining how everyday acts like listening to young people, having a conversation, thinking about the impact of our words or stopping before hitting ‘like’ on a hurtful social media post, can help to reduce bullying.
What is bullying?
Young Minds describes it as, “When somebody physically hurts you, or verbally abuses you, that’s bullying. Bullying can be a one-off or it can go on for a long time. Bullying can happen to anyone.”
How does bullying present itself?
There are many ways young people can be bullied:
- Name calling and teasing
- Threats or theft
- Being left-out, excluded or isolated
- Physical violence
- Damage to belongings
- Spreading rumours
Here are our tips on how to help your foster child if they are being bullied.
- Voice your concerns to your child’s social worker and work on ways to help build the child’s self esteem
- Make sure they know that they can talk to you – a child or young person can find it daunting speaking about bullying, make sure they feel comfortable to share things with you and reassure them that you will be there to help and guide them.
- Ask your children if they would like to invite anyone over. If the child is able to build some close relationships, it may make the bullying incidents in school far less frequent. The bully may feel outnumbered.
- Keep a record of events to try and establish the facts. If the bullying is online, save or copy images and text. This can be effectively taken up with the school to put the situation to rest.
- Build children’s coping skills. Problem solving can help difficult situations, through identifying strategies and practicing them with your children can help them deal with situations.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help – there are many informative websites providing support, advice and tips on how to keep your child or young people safe online and offline. We’ve listed a few below.