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Pupils: Intimidation

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what consideration was given to the issue of bullying when the policy of extended hours for schools was developed. (127370)

[holding answer 13 March 2007]: Extended services are being developed in and around schools as a key part of the every child matters agenda in order to deliver outcomes for children which include being safe, healthy, and enjoying and achieving. The core offer of services which all schools have been asked to develop by 2010 includes a varied menu of activities, childcare, parenting support, swift and easy referral to more specialist services such as health, social care and education welfare specialists as well as opening up facilities to the wider community.

In doing so the offer can help tackle both the causes and the impact of bullying by giving children and young people safe places in which to achieve and build their confidence, helping to address their social and emotional needs through effective relationships between children's professionals, and by supporting parents in building strong and constructive relationships with their children and dealing with issues such as bullying.