This animation ‘Bullying – Strategies for Staying Safe’ is one of 3 safeguarding animations developed by Families Feeling Safe and Dr Hayley Davis, lecturer in the sociology of childhood in the School of Education at the University of Leeds. Resources for working with this animation will be available in the new year. The other 2 animations are:

  • Domestic Abuse – Strategies for Staying Safe 
  • Child Sexual Abuse – Strategies for Staying Safe  

Utilising our expertise and experience in developing and delivering Protective Behaviours Programmes, training hundreds of professionals a year who are working with and safeguarding children, and working with large numbers of vulnerable children and families, we have worked with Dr Davis to create these safeguarding videos for children and professionals who work with children in a safeguarding capacity.  

The animations have been developed in response to Dr Hayley Davis’s research findings with children Her research involved seeking children’s views on their families and close relationships, how they negotiate change and difficulties in their relationships. One research project Keeping Each Other Safe examined strategies children have for addressing serious problems such as Domestic Abuse, Child Sex Abuse and Bullying using third party vignettes (One-Step Removed). The problems identified in the research found that the children:  

  • Were reluctant to disclose 
  • Had limited strategies 
  • Were concerned about not being believed 
  • Had few ideas for who to tell 

The animations include strategies from Families Feeling Safe Protective Behaviours Programmes alongside the research findings and vignettes. Pilot research with children, parents/carers and professionals has been very positive! We are developing resources for each animation to guide the adults using them and provide a series of learning activities for children as an Early Intervention and Preventative approach intended to help boost confidence and: 

  • improve upon children’s understandings of their right to be and feel safe 
  • encourage children to consider a wide network of people (including professionals) with whom they can talk and gain support from 
  • make some suggestions for how children might tell an adult and the words/language they could use to describe a problem or to test out whether someone would be trustworthy or not 

Research from the Anti-Bullying Alliance in 2016 with over 13,000 pupils aged between 7 and 15 across 44 schools in the UK found 1 in 4 children reported they were bullied a lot or always. Children with disabilities or those with SEN were three times more likely to both be bullied and bully others (‘bully-victims). To see their findings  

We are delighted to share this first animation one with you! Please let us know how you use the animation, how it helped and we very much appreciate any feedback from children, parents, carers and professionals.  

To view the animation please click here….. 

To receive information about the resources pack when it is available please click here….(link to