Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Whoops! Project Tackles Bullying

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Whoops! Project Tackles Bullying

Article excerpt

A children's charity in the North-East has launched a scheme to stamp out bullying in schools.

The Children's Foundation's Whoops! child safety project sees older children in primary schools being trained as buddies to befriend children who are having problems in the playground.

Schools involved are also given a "buddy bench" so children who are being picked on can go to a designated place and be taken care of.

Five schools in Newcastle, Gateshead and South Tyneside have so far taken part in the project, with positive results.

The scheme, which runs for four weeks in each school, has won an pounds 8,000 grant from the Newcastle Building Society to pay for resources.

Project manager Carole Hewison said: "We cannot escape recent events around the heartache of children who are bullied, nor must we ignore it.

"Our intervention on this topic is a whole school approach, involving children, staff and parents to promote a friendly playground and to stamp out all bullying issues the school may have. …

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