The Bullying Project
We know bullying is an extremely complex issue. Neither is there a one size fits all answer to dealing with the problem. The South Australian children and young people who took part in the bullying consultations gained an insight into how difficult it is for adults to find solutions and told the Commissioner that simply walking away or blocking someone online does not work.
After completing analysis of all the primary data collected from children and young people a report on the findings was prepared and presented to Parliament. It included a number of recommendations. The report included seven key findings that have policy implications for the development of a comprehensive whole of community anti-bullying strategy for South Australia.
Download a complete copy of the Bullying Project Report including details of these findings along with a number of recommendations provided by children and young people here.
We are actively working with sporting bodies to support their capacity to engage children and young people and to include their voices in program design and delivery. In 2020, the Commissioner will undertake a comprehensive consultation across the major sports codes to develop child designed bullying prevention initiatives to build respectful and inclusive sporting events.
The Commissioner is also exploring work with SAPOL to improve communication and information for parents/carers on what to do when they run out of options
This issue was identified as one of five key focus areas children and young people wanted the Commissioner to prioritise. They asked her to do something to “stop the bullying”.
The bullying consultation sessions that followed were undertaken using a creative, activity based approach where children and young people were asked not to share anything personal about individual experiences. Instead they were asked to explore the issues around bullying in an indirect, non-confrontational way that supported them to provide their insights into possible solutions.
For further information about the Bullying Consultation Series, please contact:
Jodie Evans, CCYP Strategic Engagement and Participation Officer
Phone (08) 8226 3355 or email Jodie.Evans3@sa.gov.au.