We can all agree that the last few days have been quite a rollercoaster for the UK.

On a serious note, it’s been appalling to hear reports of increased racism and xenophobia directed at both children and adults. We’re really concerned about the impact that this will have on our schools and wider communities. Kidscape sits on the Race and Faith Advisory Board (led by the Anti-Bullying Alliance), which will be meeting soon to consider what we can do together to protect our young people from mindless prejudice and bullying behaviour. We know that children will be influenced by what they hear at home and in their neighbourhoods, and by what they see on social media. We all have a responsibility to be vigilant, to report racist incidents and to promote tolerance, understanding and respect for others. We’ve published some advice from the Anti-Bullying Alliance on our website with immediate steps that schools can take to tackle this unacceptable behaviour: https://www.kidscape.org.uk/news/2016/jun/united-against-all-forms-of-bullying-and-abuse/

In Kidscape news, we’ve just received the final independent evaluation of our Primary Bullying Intervention Training (BIT) programme. Evaluations are a big deal in the world of charities, as it’s great to be able to show that an external voice has verified the quality of our programmes – and that our projects actually make the difference we say they do! The report talks about the impact of the project and how it benefited pupils and staff. We’re very proud of the outstanding results which demonstrate its success. We hope that we can roll it out to other schools in the future. The summary and full report are here if you’d like to take a look: https://www.kidscape.org.uk/news/2016/jun/bit-evaluation-report-2016/

And we’ve just announced that we’re going to be offering free anti-bullying sessions for schools in the Midlands and the North East. They’re for years 5-11 and will give pupils a real understanding of what bullying is and how it can be stopped. Young people will explore the difference between bullying, teasing and conflict, as well as how they can prevent and tackle bullying, particularly as a bystander, both on and offline. If you know a school that might be interested in this, drop [email protected] a line.

Finally, we hit the ‘send’ button on our new Department for Education funding application last week! So as we said, we’ll let you know what happens with that. Please keep your fingers crossed for us!