A culture that encourages respect, values opinions, celebrates difference and promotes positive relationships will make it difficult for bullying behaviour to flourish or be tolerated.
Children and young people need secure relationships around them, together with adults who set boundaries, provide guidance and are good role models. They need love, praise and recognition to build their self-belief, optimism, active engagement and sense of purpose. Through this they will learn how to socialize, be emotionally aware and have friendships in and out of school. These are the things that give them the ability and support needed to cope with difficulties and take decisions – things that promote mental wellbeing and provide them with the skills they will use and value all of their lives.