Youth group’s progress on anti-bullying project

Aberdeenshire youth commissioners
Aberdeenshire youth commissioners

A group of Aberdeenshire pupils, who are examining different forms of bullying and how to tackle them, have outlined their research plans to councillors and senior council officers.

The council’s youth commissioners recently met councillors and education colleagues to provide an update on their work and an assessment of the project to date.

Youth Commissioners were appointed in July to tackle bullying among young people through the development of policy recommendations, as part of a project led by the authority’s Education, Learning and Leisure Service.

The commissioners have been busy developing a survey they want to send to schools for primary and secondary pupils, their teachers and parents to complete.

Various professionals have also visited the youth commission to provide information which will help inform their recommendations.

Information has been provided by Tam Baillie, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, as well as professionals from NHS Grampian and Aberdeenshire Council. Scotland’s anti-bullying service, respectme, has also been supporting the work of the group.

Commissioner Elaine Wallace, 16, from Ellon, said: “We were really excited to meet with Councillors and Aberdeenshire Council to discuss the project and show some of the work we are currently undertaking.”

They will use the information gathered from the consultation to prepare a series of recommendations for consideration by the education committee in March.

The presentation was also attended by education director Maria Walker and education committee chair Councillor Isobel Davidson.