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Bullying Times
December 2003

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Workplace bullying
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Media and research requests
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Conference and seminars
Books
Help spread the word
Light relief
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REORGANISATION

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WORKPLACE BULLYING

Still time to register for Bullying: injury, re-empowerment and recovery seminar in Cornwall, England
Thursday 4 December 2003, Saltash, Plymouth, Cornwall. A thought-provoking and stimulating workshop for front-line managers and others in health, education and social services addressing bullying in the workplace and the legacy of childhood bullying, led by Tim Field: http://www.outlooksw.co.uk/bullyingworkshop.htm
Last minute bookings can be made on 01208 871414.

The UK Labour Government says it's listening
...and wants to know what your major concerns are. Let's all take the opportunity to put bullying at work at the top of the government's agenda: http://www.bigconversation.org.uk/index.php

Diana Lamplugh suffers stroke
A tireless campaigner on issues of personal safety, Diana Lamplugh OBE has been forced to retire from the charity she and her husband Paul started after the disappearance of their daughter Suzy in 1986. Diana was very supportive of me in my early days and very kindly wrote the foreword for Bully in sight: http://www.suzylamplugh.org/news/20031001.shtml

Three-quarters of Australian households have at least one person who has been bullied
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/11/02/1067708069573.html

Australia passes industrial manslaughter laws
http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/mediareleases/fileread.cfm?file=MR29IIM1.txt

Sydney High School investigated after bullying claims
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/National/story_52862.asp

Charity 'close to collapse'
Allegations of bullying at Victim Support Scotland http://www.news.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=1276352003

Staff access to information is bad news for employers
http://www.personneltoday.com/pt_legal/legal_features_det.asp?ID=21045

Australian soldiers asked to report on bullying superiors
Move follows suicide of Private Jeremy Williams at the Singleton School of Infantry in February 2003: http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/11/03/1067708137537.html

Suspended staff cost UK NHS £40m
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3240235.stm

Banking staff under high stress
http://www.unifi.org.uk/news/p031105a.htm

Minister welcomes practical help to tackle stress at work
http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2003/e03211.htm

Bosses urged to cut work stress
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3224733.stm

Employers: don't panic about workplace stress
http://www.personneltoday.com/pt_legal/legal_features_det.asp?ID=21139

HR is not shaping up to its responsibilities
http://www.personneltoday.com/pt_news/news_daily_det.asp?liArticleID=21179

Growing gulf between staff and bosses is bad news for HR
http://www.personneltoday.com/pt_news/news_daily_det.asp?liArticleID=21214

Mandatory statutory procedures on discipline and grievances likely to make things harder
http://www.personneltoday.com/pt_legal/legal_features_det.asp?ID=21428

Bullied teacher awarded £86,000
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/3277425.stm

Corporate responsibility law passed in Canada
Canadians get corporate killing law: http://www.uswa.ca/eng/news_releases/westray_leg.htm

Former state employee wins $1 million civil rights suit
http://www.katu.com/news/story.asp?ID=62604

Abusive language can be costly for employers
Foul language in the workplace may lead to claims of constructive dismissal: http://www.personneltoday.com/pt_legal/legal_features_det.asp?id=21234

The case of the Sun editor, sexual harassment and a £500,000 payoff
Former Sun editor Stuart Higgins accused of crude and offensive behaviour towards his executive secretary: http://media.guardian.co.uk/thesun/story/0,12950,1083071,00.html

No sex please, we're British ... workers
Amicus survey highlights impact of long hours on family life: http://www.msf.org.uk/cgi-bin/news/db.cgi?db=default&uid=default&ID=514&view_records=1&ww=1

Bullying linked to domestic violence
http://www.news8austin.com/content/your_news/default.asp?ArID=89768

 

SCHOOL BULLYING

Australian Federal Government targets bullying in $4.5 million campaign
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s980392.htm

Darwin girl pushed to brink of suicide by bullying
http://news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,7980557%5E13569,00.html

Vancouver police deny bullying is contributor to death of Alec Thom
http://vancouver.cbc.ca/regional/servlet/View?filename=bc_alecthom20031031

Cochrane (Alberta, Canada) takes lead in creating bully-free town
http://www.rockyviewtimes.com/story.php?id=81183

El Paso parents say schools shrug off bullying to look good
http://www.borderlandnews.com/stories/borderland/20031106-41687.shtml

No Bullies, No Victims
Akron (Ohio) anti-bullying programme helps students fight bullying: http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/7344711.htm

Bullying is underrated school problem
http://www.theworldlink.com/articles/2003/11/19/news/news07.txt

Workshops aim to put an end to bullying
http://www.southjerseynews.com/issues/november/m111803l.htm

Boys only seek help when 'at breaking point'
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3238909.stm

Bullying effects last a lifetime
http://www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/LondonFreePress/News/2003/11/19/261974.html

Father willing to go to jail to protect bullied son
Kent County Council pursues policy of jailing parents in preference to tackling bullying in schools: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/11/15/ubully.xml&sSheet=/portal/2003/11/15/ixportaltop.html

Northern Ireland anti-bullying poster campaign launched
http://www.4ni.co.uk/industrynews.asp?id=21902

Bullying claims in Norfolk's only Roman Catholic School
http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/content/News/story.asp?datetime=25+Nov+2003+12%3A55&tbrand=ENOnline&tCategory=NEWS&category=News&brand=ENOnline&itemid=NOED25+Nov+2003+12%3A56%3A05%3A810

Bullying Seen as Big School Problem
Experts find disagreement on -- and sometimes resistance to -- stopping bullying: http://www.healthcentral.com/news/NewsFullText.cfm?id=515847

Efforts to tackle bullying must be school wide
http://www.jointogether.org/gv/news/summaries/reader/0,2061,567522,00.html

Child suicides spur minister into action
http://www.news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2182664

UK Education Minister launches anti-bullying charter
But still no mention of accountability for bullies or heads and governors who fail in their Duty of Care: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/3283013.stm

Blair stands by Hodge in bullying protest
http://www.news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2195418 and http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3283397.stm

Miss America offers advice on overcoming bullying
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=10456372&BRD=1719&PAG=461&dept_id=25271&rfi=6

Folk singer lights one candle against bullying
Peter Yarrow sings antibullying song: http://news.mysanantonio.com/story.cfm?xla=saen&xlb=180&xlc=1082717

Schools teaching students not to tolerate bullies
http://www.jewishworldreview.com/1103/bullies2.asp

Anti-bullying programs compete for funding
http://www.detnews.com/2003/schools/0311/08/schools-319456.htm

Cyber bullies prey on girl
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/dominionpost/0,2106,2732160a6000,00.html

What is bullying?
A three-part article on bullying and what you can do about it: http://homeworktips.about.com/library/weekly/aa011999.htm

School CCTV to combat bullying
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_east/3260023.stm

Bullied children at risk of depression and antisocial behaviour
Although "antisocial behaviour" may be a misinterpretation of symptoms of psychiatric injury when viewed from a distance: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2003-11/cfta-bca110703.php

Children's Minister apologises to victim of abuse
Margaret Hodge says sorry to the sex abuse victim she branded "extremely disturbed": http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3270149.stm

Cooperative adult intervention can halt bullying
http://agnews.tamu.edu/dailynews/stories/CFAM/Nov1303a.htm

Barbara Coloroso speaks about bullying
http://www.rockyviewtimes.com/story.php?id=80344

Bullying starts early
Concerned Parents for Safe Schools highlights case of 5-year-old girl: http://www.epcommunitynews.com/archives/2003/mj111403.htm

Bullying forges karate champion
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/3277453.stm

Girls charged after bullying, charges include assault and confinement
Lakeside Academy classmate beaten up in washroom in fight over boyfriend: http://www.canada.com/montreal/montrealgazette/story.asp?id=CC9DF60E-3227-4659-B685-E969A2C685BD

Sub's anti-bullying website impresses awards judges
Yorkshire Evening Post sub-editor Liz Carnell who runs Bullying OnLine at www.bullying.co.uk has been highly commended in the Beacon Fellowship Awards 2003: http://www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk/awards/031128bull.shtml

 

MEDIA AND RESEARCH REQUESTS

WREXHAM BULLIES?
Have you been bullied at any time by Wrexham Borough Council? Freedom to Care (which supports conscientious employees who have been bullied for speaking up) is interested in hearing from Wrexham Borough Council employees, past and present, in any job, who have a story to tell. Contact in confidence: freedomtocare@aol.com or Chris on 01978 750583 and see www.freedomtocare.org

BBC series on bullying: Chris Alcock at the BBC wishes to thank everyone who responded to his request for people to take part in a series of daytime programmes on BBC1. He apologises to anyone who doesn't receive a reply as he's been overwhelmed with responses.

Men and traumatic events: I'm Dawn Doherty and I'm a freelance journalist writing an article for a national magazine about men who've been through a traumatic event in their lives and have been supported through it by their girlfriend/wife. I'm trying to find a man from the UK, in his 20s, who has experienced bullying at work and has been helped to cope by his partner. You would need to be happy to be identified. If you can help, please contact me urgently by e-mail at ddawndoherty@aol.com or by phone 01628 783851.

Bullying of HR professionals: I'm ZoŽ Roberts and I'm the news editor for People Management magazine (www.peoplemanagement.co.uk). We are a fortnightly magazine for human resources and management professionals . We've just had a debate on our letters page about bullying, with a number of people who work in human resources writing about their experience of being bullied by female managers. I'd really like to talk to an HR professional who has experienced being bullied, this could be done anonymously and I would also check with the interviewee what quotes we would and wouldn't use. The focus of the article is that bullying is not a gender issue (both men and women are bullied and can be bullies) and that bullying happens in HR departments too. We'd really appreciate it if someone feels they could share their experience with us. If interested please email me at zoe.roberts@peoplemanagement.co.uk

Case studies in East Anglia, England: I'm Debbie Watson and I'm a Features Writer on the Evening Star in Ipswich, Suffolk, England. I'm writing a piece about workplace bullying and am trying to tackle the issue by getting a few individuals to tell me their experiences of the problem. Ideally I'd like case studies from the East Anglian area, but any would be very greatly appreciated as a method of raising the profile of this problem. I can report on these case studies anonymously if necessary. My contact details are: telephone: 01473 324798 and my email is debbie.watson@eveningstar.co.uk

ARE YOU BEING BULLIED AT SCHOOL? We are making a programme for ITV's REAL LIFE STRAND following the experience of a teenager who is currently being bullied. The programme will attempt to tell the story of what it's really like to be taunted and picked on by bullies at school. We would like to film with the bullied boy or girl over a period of several weeks. We will film them at home and outside school and may use reconstruction to illustrate their experiences at the hands of the bullies. We're looking for a teenager from 12-15 years old who is articulate and would like to be involved in a project like this. If you are interested in taking part in a documentary then Granada Television would like to hear from you. Please call Emily on 0117 974 5891 or email her on emily.fairweather@granadamedia.com.

Female and aged 20-50? I'm Hannah Davies and I'm a freelance journalist currently writing a feature on bullying in the workplace for one of the women's magazines. I need to find a woman aged between 20 and 50 in the UK who has suffered at the hands of bullies who would be happy to talk to the magazine about their experiences and be photographed. Their story needs to be very strong. If you can help please call me on 07966 549321 or 020 8488 0971 or email hannah_davies@btconnect.com

Are you a teenager being bullied? I'm Sharon Ward and I'm a writer working for BEST magazine. I am looking for a teenager to talk to me about what it's like to be a bullying victim. We can pay them for their story but we would need pictures. My phone number is 01905 759795 or e-mail sharon@headlinefeatures.freeserve.co.uk

Fill in this online survey
http://www.mentalefficiency.com/SURVEY1.htm

More media requests at media/media.htm

 

SUPPORT GROUPS AND FORUMS

See resources/groups.htm

 

NEW LINKS AND REMINDERS

Research links stress and injury to health
http://jech.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/abstract/57/11/849

Workplace mobbing in Australia
http://www.workplacemobbing.com

Essentials for litigating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) claims
http://www.lawandpsychiatry.com/html/Litigating%20PTSD%20Claims%20-%20Final.pdf

Pre-Action Protocol for Disease/Illness Claims
http://www.apil.com/pdf/publicdocs/DISEASE_PROTOCOL_approved_version.pdf

Bullying Behavior: Blame It On Bad Genes?
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/03/990310053751.htm

 

Conferences, meetings, seminars and training

Bullying: injury, re-empowerment and recovery
Thursday 4 December 2003, Saltash, Plymouth, Cornwall. A thought-provoking and stimulating workshop for front-line managers and others in health, education and social services addressing bullying in the workplace and the legacy of childhood bullying, led by Tim Field: http://www.outlooksw.co.uk/bullyingworkshop.htm
Last minute bookings can be made on 01208 871414.

Tim Field shares his insight
Understanding and tackling bullying at work: successunlimited/seminars/s1b.htm
Recovery and re-empowerment after bullying and abusive life events: successunlimited/seminars/s1b.htm

 

BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS

See resources/books.htm for suggested reading

 

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Light relief

Can't resist checking your emails?
http://www.ahajokes.com/crt256.html

Exit Windows?
http://www.ahajokes.com/funny_computer_cartoons.html

The perfect gift
http://www.despair.com/2004calendar.html

McDonalds contests Merriam-Webster job definition
A McJob is not a "low-prestige, low-dignity, low-benefit, no-future job in the service sector", says McDonalds who appear keen to repeat their McLibel mistake: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/3255883.stm

UK Government draws up a standard mark for humans
http://www.thespoof.com/news/spoof.cfm?headline=s1i1089

 

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The Working Centre, 58 Queen Street South, Kitchener, Ontario

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