United against bullying

  • The theme for Anti-Bullying Week 2020 announced as ‘United against bullying’
  • Anti-Bullying Week, supported by SafeToNet, runs from 16 to 20 November 2020
  • Odd Socks Day for Anti-Bullying Week takes place on the first day of Anti-Bullying Week, Monday 16 November.
  • Anti-Bullying Week celebrated in over three-quarters of schools in England.

The Anti-Bullying Alliance, official coordinator of Anti-Bullying Week, is urging young and old to come together in November 2020 and show we are ‘United against bullying’.

The theme of Anti-Bullying Week, supported by SafeToNet and celebrated in over three-quarters of schools in England between 16 and 20 November, was decided following a consultation with over 300 children, young people and school staff. They emphasised that we need to come together in unity to prevent and respond appropriately to bullying both face to face and online.

Martha Evans, Director of the Anti-Bullying Alliance said:

“During 2020, more than ever, we have witnessed the power that society can have when we come together to tackle common challenges. Anti-Bullying Week is no different.

“Bullying has a long lasting effect on those who experience and witness it. But by channeling our collective power, through shared efforts and shared ambitions, we can reduce bullying together. From parents and carers, to teachers and politicians, to children and young people, we all have a part to play in coming together to make a difference.

“We’re all a piece in the puzzle, and together, we’re united against bullying.”

Odd Socks Day for Anti-Bullying Week, taking place on the Monday of Anti-Bullying Week with the support of Andy Day and his band Andy and the Odd Socks, encourages children and adults to wear odd socks to school or work to celebrate what makes us all unique.

The Anti-Bullying Alliance is developing a range of resources and activities to help everyone get involved in Anti-Bullying Week, including:

  • School tools including films and cross-curricular activity ideas - tailored to ensure they can be delivered both face-to-face and online.
  • School Staff Award: where pupils nominate their favourite anti-bullying member of school staff for an award. Each nominated staff member will receive a certificate and the winners a trophy and other prizes - nominations are open until Friday 25 September. 
  • Odd Socks Day: where you wear odd socks to school or work to highlight that we are all unique on the first day of Anti-Bullying Week. A school and workplace pack will be ready in September. 
  • Sign up as a supporter of Anti-Bullying Week and download a certificate to display (available mid-June) 
  • Get involved online - with resources and ideas about how to play your part on social media 
  • Activity tools and conversation starters for parents and carers (ready in September) 
  • A series of online events to help schools bring Anti-Bullying Week to life

Further details about Anti-Bullying Week are available here.

Get involved on social media via @ABAonline #AntiBullyingWeek #UnitedAgainstBullying #OddSocksDay