Anti-Bullying Week 2022 is coordinated in England and Wales by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. It will take place from 14 to 18 November 2022 and has the theme Reach Out. The week will kick off with Odd Socks Day on Monday 14th November, where adults and children wear odd socks to celebrate what makes us all unique.
The theme of Reach Out came about following consultation with teachers and pupils by the Anti-Bullying Alliance which coordinates Anti-Bullying Week every year in England and Wales. Teachers and children wanted a theme that empowered them to do something positive to counter the harm and hurt that bullying behaviour causes.
Following the success of the campaign in 2021 – when a jaw-dropping 80% of schools marked the week reaching over 7.5 million children and young people – Anti-Bullying Week will remind everyone whether it’s in school, at home, in the community, at work or online, to Reach Out and show each other the support we need.
The Call to action
- Millions of people are affected by bullying behaviour and it can leave us feeling devastated. But, if we challenge it, we can change it. So let’s all start by Reaching Out.
- Support is vital to those affected by bullying behaviour so whether in schools, the community, at home, in the workplace or online, let’s all Reach Out and give each other the support that is needed. Reach Out if you need to talk. Reach Out to someone you see being bullied. Reach Out and be a positive role model.
- Reflecting on our own behaviour, setting positive examples and creating kinder communities is the responsibility of everyone. Children and young people, parents and teachers, influencers and politicians, we all need to Reach Out and support one another. Together, we can be the change we want to see.
- Speaking out takes courage, but it can change lives. So this Anti-Bullying week, join us and Reach Out to help stop bullying behaviour.