Survey leads to forum on bullying

Fighting the good fight: Deborah Perry-Brown and Simon Taylor are two of the driving forces behind the local fight against bullying. Photo: Peter Hardin
Fighting the good fight: Deborah Perry-Brown and Simon Taylor are two of the driving forces behind the local fight against bullying. Photo: Peter Hardin

Over 80 local high school students should have a clearer understanding of what bullying is, and what to do about it after attending the first of two forums hosted by the Tamworth LALC’s Opportunity Hub.

Tamworth has been identified as a hotspot for bullying, particularly among the indigenous community, which led to the Opportunity Hub putting together and conducting a specifically targeted Bullying Survey, with over 100 respondents.

The results of that survey were compiled, and the data used for the two forums according to Opportunity Hub coordinator Deborah Perry-Brown.

“Basically we are exploring the effects, causes and consequences of bullying on local kids,” Mrs Perry-Brown said.

“The students learn how to identify what bullying actually is, and the different services and responses they should use for the different issues.”

Representatives from local services Headspace and Centacare attended the first forum, while the second forum, to be held on Tuesday, will see representatives from Tamworth Family Support Service and the Oxley Local area Command address the students.