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A new pocket-sized guide designed to encourage children in care to speak up about bullying is being launched.
Leicestershire County Council has worked with young people in the county, city and Rutland to create the leaflet which features advice on different types of bullying and directs children to sources of help.
The guide is being launched as part of Anti-bullying Week (November 19 – 23) and will be given to the all children and young people in local authority care across the three areas.
Information in the leaflet will be explained during individual meetings with children and young people and a personalised business card will be completed for each child, with the name and number of a key person for them to contact if they need to talk to someone about being bullied.
In a national survey of 1,895 children in care, 27 per cent said that they were bullied ‘sometimes’, ‘often’ or ‘always’ (Children’s Rights Directors report 2011).
Ivan Ould, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for children and young people, said: “This innovative project has been a partnership with young people across three authorities and is an excellent example of ways in which we involve young people in our work.
“Children and young people can be bullied for a wide range of reasons, including being in care.
“We want to make sure that this vulnerable group of children and young people are given the right information and support about bullying.”
On Monday (Nov 19) children in schools across Leicestershire are encouraged to wear blue as a united stance against bullying.