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Divorcing or separating parents asked to unite for Anti-Bullying Week

Published: 13th November 2020 16:55

  

A WESTCOUNTRY legal practice is encouraging separated parents to put their differences aside and support their child if they are being bullied or are bullying others as part of Anti-Bullying Week (2020).

Anti-Bullying Week takes place from Monday, November 16 until Friday, November 20 and Children in the Middle says youngsters with separating parents may be more vulnerable to bullying at school.

Family barrister, Elizabeth McCallum, who co-founded the legal service, Children in the Middle®, with fellow Exeter barrister Sarah Evans, says: “The theme for this year’s Anti-Bullying Week is United Against Bullying, so we’re encouraging people to come together and take a stand. Now is the perfect time for parents to educate their children on what bullying is and why it is wrong and to speak to their children if they feel they are being targeted.

“If parents are separating, high levels of conflict in front of their children can cause the child to reflect this in a school environment. Parents are role models for their children and need to be mindful about what their child sees of their behaviours.

“Alternatively, having separating parents can cause anxiety and upset in the child. They can become quiet and withdrawn and this makes them an easier target for school bullies.

“Parents have a unique role in guiding their children and keeping them safe and supported. If you are separating or divorcing, it’s important, if possible, to put your differences aside to support your child if they are being targeted or are the ones targeting someone else. It’s important to speak to the school whatever the situation and discuss how it can be sorted.”

Anti-Bullying Week was organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, which is a coalition of organisations and individuals that are united against bullying.

The Anti-Bullying Alliance was established by the NSPCC and the National Children's Bureau in 2002 and is hosted by the National Children’s Bureau.

Children in the Middle® is one of the few legal services in the country offering people the chance to speak directly to barristers. In the past a solicitor was required to instruct a barrister, but due to rule changes under the Public Access Scheme, members of the public are now able to instruct barristers direct. 

Elizabeth continues: “For almost all of our clients, their children are their main focus and they wish to make the separation impact on their children as little as possible.

“If you need help with sorting out the arrangements for the care of your children or how to handle the situation in front of your children, get in touch with us. We are specialist barristers. There is no need for a solicitor – you can come direct to us, the experts.”

For further details, please visit www.childreninthemiddle.co.uk

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