1st Annual Professionals' Anti-Bullying Conference February 2015

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Barclays, Canary Wharf saw host to the first Professionals Conference run by The Diana Award on Friday 27th February 2015. 63 delegates from a variety of organisations that work with or support young people were in attendance.

From the conference, delegates set out to achieve:

- Get support and innovative ideas of how to engage parents with anti-bullying work.

- Learn how to access social media in a constructive positive way to enhance the work undertaken.

- Gain inspiration from other delegates on new ideas for anti-bullying campaigns.

- Gain valuable insight from The Diana Award, the National Youth Board and our partners on effective anti-bullying practice. 


The Diana Award was able to work with some of our partners in being able to deliver our conference objectives to our delegates. Our thanks go to them for their support for this event. Our guests were:

Carrie Grant, TV Presenter and Vocal Coach.  Carrie participated in the Question & Answer Panel debate. 

Carrie Grant, TV Presenter and Vocal Coach.  Carrie participated in the Question & Answer Panel debate. 

Annie Mullins, Director for Ask FM for Europe Trust & Safety. Annie delivered a keynote presentation about online safety development. 

Annie Mullins, Director for Ask FM for Europe Trust & Safety. Annie delivered a keynote presentation about online safety development. 

Laura Higgins, Online Safety Operations Manager for South West Grid for Learning. Laura participated in the Question & Answer Panel and delivered a presentation about online safety and support services. 

Laura Higgins, Online Safety Operations Manager for South West Grid for Learning. Laura participated in the Question & Answer Panel and delivered a presentation about online safety and support services. 

Ged McNally, Education Inclusion Officer for Blackpool LEA. Ged supported the facilitation of the 'how to build and maintain your anti-bullying campaign' workshop.

Ged McNally, Education Inclusion Officer for Blackpool LEA. Ged supported the facilitation of the 'how to build and maintain your anti-bullying campaign' workshop.

Sophie Linnington, Deputy CEO for Parentzone. Sophie ran a workshop for delegates on 'how to engage parents in your anti-bullying campaign'.

Sophie Linnington, Deputy CEO for Parentzone. Sophie ran a workshop for delegates on 'how to engage parents in your anti-bullying campaign'.

Caroline Millin, Public Policy Associate, Facebook. Caroline participated in our Question & Answer Panel and delivered a presentation on safety features of Facebook. 

Caroline Millin, Public Policy Associate, Facebook. Caroline participated in our Question & Answer Panel and delivered a presentation on safety features of Facebook. 

Patsy Kane, Executive Headteacher, Levenshulme High School. Patsy delivered a presentation on how to make schools safe for students and facilitated part of the workshop 'how to build and maintain a successful anti-bullying campaign'.

Patsy Kane, Executive Headteacher, Levenshulme High School. Patsy delivered a presentation on how to make schools safe for students and facilitated part of the workshop 'how to build and maintain a successful anti-bullying campaign'.


Hearing from young people; our National Anti-Bullying Youth Board

One of the main highlights of the day was our National Anti-Bullying Youth Board's workshop on 'using social media positively as part of your campaign'. Through practical examples, our inspirational young people were able to deliver the key message to our delegates of how they can use their organisations social media channels to support their anti-bullying campaigns to be come proactive.

One of the main highlights of the day was our National Anti-Bullying Youth Board's workshop on 'using social media positively as part of your campaign'. Through practical examples, our inspirational young people were able to deliver the key message to our delegates of how they can use their organisations social media channels to support their anti-bullying campaigns to be come proactive.


Delegates had this to say about the day:

'From today, I am going to take back a positive message to our SLT about the value of Diana Ambassadors and how to keep pushing the message and empower young people into improving their self-esteem rather than worrying about 'likes' online.'

'I have taken on board perspectives from young people/parents/professionals to get it right for our setting.'

 'I'm excited about going back to school and beginning to work on our own campaign. I have been taught the importance of creating something that endures and also allowing students to come up with the ideas to really inspire others.'

'Young People like and use social media,s o we should understand how to use it safely to help them stay safe online. We should work WITH rather than against social media in order to gain trust.'

 

Delegates were asked to provide feedback about the event and two key questions were used to measure success:

Do you feel that the day equipped you with new ideas and tools to use as part of your Anti-Bullying Campaign?

YES - 100%  NO - 0%

As a result of this event, would you recommend The Diana Award Anti-Bullying Ambassador Programme to others?

YES - 100%  NO - 0%

We are delighted that the delegates took so much from the day. The lead on from this is to hold a Professionals Conference annually to further enhance the work we do. 

The full powerpoint presentation that details all of the event content can be found here

Interested in seeing photo's from the day? Check them out here

A full run-down of the event has been compiled for delegates and beyond to see. Check out what we did in our full Conference Report here