Brown Pledge to Tackle Bullies
36% of young people in the UK say they’ve been bullied in the last two months. Almost 44% have been in a fight in the last year.
People bullying takes place in our schools and businesses every day.
Should schools employ security guards or are teaches able or trained enough to interrupt the playground brawls.
Will Gordon Brown be able to show that he can deliver fairly on this promise and what psychology will be applied to the bullies to straighten them out, to tackle the causes?
Schools need as much help as possible in tackling a major national problem.
Gordon Brown is to call for tougher action to tackle bullying in schools.
He will promise that, as prime minister, he and his government will give public backing for teachers who physically restrain aggressive pupils.
His pledge coincides with a call by the Beatbullying charity for people to take a stand and refuse to tolerate it.
Beatbullying supporter Dame Kelly Holmes said: "Millions of children get bullied every year, and it's terrible - lives are actually ruined."
The charity is asking school children and adults across the UK to take part in its Big Stand event at 1000 BST in solidarity with people who are bullied.
Mr Brown will announce new powers for head teachers to deal with badly-behaved pupils including those who target other children on their way to and from school.
Labour deputy leadership contender Hazel Blears said she wanted to see more community police units brought into schools, "so bullies know they cannot get away with it".
This is what Unicef has to say; Despite its wealth, Britain is failing children
* Child poverty is a problem in the UK. Although the country is wealthy, the money isn’t shared out fairly, so many children can’t afford the things that others take for granted.
* Young people in the UK come bottom of the league table for relationships with friends and families. They’re least likely to find other young people “kind and helpful”.
* More than 1 in 5 young people in the UK say their health is only “fair” or “poor” – more than any other country.
* 36% of young people in the UK say they’ve been bullied in the last two months. Almost 44% have been in a fight in the last year.