As a parent, what lengths would you go to, to protect your child from harm? How would you feel if your child was a victim of bullying physical or sexual violence in school and that information was kept from you?
With children returning back to schools across the UK, we released this short film last week, as we are continuing the fight to raise awareness and sound the alarm as to the dangers all children are in, as a result of policies that allow Violence in schools to be covered up. This is something that needs to be addressed urgently with statistics showing violence increasing in schools year upon year and them having to deal with all the potential issues they will face after lockdown that this system is going to allow to be covered up and only exposed when its too late and something goes badly wrong
This is the story of how over a hundred families who’s children have been harmed or lost to suicide after violence in UK schools exposed the system and fought to hold Gavin Williamson and the Government to account, to ensure the solutions they have discovered are put in place, to better protect every child in Britain and how we are now calling for a Public Inquiry so that lessons are learnt to ensure that no lives are unnecessarily lost in the future.
We’ll be doing everything we can to keep building pressure on Government to put in place policies to ensure all children will be safer. We’re ensuring the British public can all play their part by showing support for our campaign simply by leaving a comment On the YouTube video which you can access below.
Today saw the release of a review into what was described as Columbine massacre-style plot at Northallerton school in Yorkshire. The case hit was covered by the media in 2017 and described how two Students Thomas Wyllie and Alex Bolland had planned to carry out an execution at their school and had drawn up a “hit-list” of targets – which included students – at the school, who had bullied and wronged them, as well as teachers.
The boys were arrested and given ten and 12-year custodial sentences for conspiracy to murder as tragedy was avoided but now what has been done to address the issues including bullying to make sure it can never happen in the future will be kept confidential by the authorities and agencies involved.
A multi-agency lessons learned review followed in order that lessons could be learnt and now 2 years later the report is concluded but will not be made public and vital safeguarding information will be kept from the public. The report has recommended action to support vulnerable pupils and to tackle bullying amongst other issues but again a policy that allows a lack of transparency and accountability means no one outside of the agencies will know if everything possible has actually been done to stop this happening again.
As has happened in so many of the tragic stories within our campaign, a lack of information means parents and teachers are unable to take steps to protect children from harm. Our Government and politicians need to heed the warnings of cases like this and our efforts to continually highlight what is happening with the hidden issues of bullying and violence in schools and we’ll continue speaking out until we are heard and policies changed to increase transparency. We just hope and pray that as much as we are trying to do and with all that we have done so far, that our efforts don’t come too late.