Campaign is welcomed to tackle bullies

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COUNCIL officials, businesses and residents have been joining forces in a bid to stamp out bullying.

Schools across the county signed up to Anti-Bullying Week, which took place between November 19 and 23.

Staff at Northumberland County Council also got involved, saying it was important to support initiatives tackling the problem.

Council leader Coun Jeff Reid said: “I am pleased that Anti-Bullying Week continues to have such strong support in Northumberland, within its schools and workplaces, and am pleased that the county council has also shown its support.

“As a high profile public institution, the council should be setting an example for others to follow and hold its conduct to the highest standards.

“Our children’s services department is backing Anti-Bullying Week but we as a council should use this as an opportunity to speak out against other forms of bullying as well – it should never be tolerated.”

Coun Lesley Rickerby, executive member for children and young people, said: “Bullying can have a profound and damaging effect on young people and every effort to stamp it out should be supported.”

Anti-Bullying Week – held every November – was set up by Actionwork, an anti-bullying group which uses film, theatre and education to highlight and combat bullying.

For more information visit www.antibullyingweek.co.uk