About Anti-Bullying Works

Background/history:

Anti-Bullying Works is a social enterprise founded in 2012 by Paul Rigglesford, former strategic lead for the West Sussex ‘Action Against Bullying’ partnership.

Anti-Bullying Works provides a range of support and consultancy services that are complementary and additional to those currently provided by local authorities and other agencies.

Anti-Bullying Works received a generous start-up grant from West Sussex County Council’s ‘Social Enterprise Fund’.

Paul Rigglesford M.A. – Director

Paul is the founder of Anti-Bullying Works.  He has over 33 years’ experience working with communities and young people for West Sussex County Council, including 10 years as a manager in the Community Safety Unit and 20 years with the Youth Service as Team Leader, Centre Manager, and Neighbourhood Youth Worker and 3 years as a teacher of English.

As founder member and Strategic Lead for the West Sussex ‘Action Against Bullying’ multi-agency partnership Paul:

  • Led and co-authored  the ‘Action Against Bullying’ partnership strategy – 2005-8 & 2008-11
  • Led and co-authored the West Sussex County Council anti-bullying policy
  • Led the development of a casework service to support children and young people experiencing bullying
  • Led the development of a telephone support line for parents/carers and professionals.

Paul is a member of the Anti-Bullying Alliance Advisory Group and attends the All Party Parliamentary Group on Bullying.

As well as his work with Anti-Bullying Works, Paul is an independent Community Consultant and Trainer. Further details can be found at: www.promisingresults.weebly.com

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Beccy Gates M.A. – Director/Senior Practitioner

Beccy is a qualified Youth and Community Worker with 14 years’ experience of working for the Young Peoples’ Service within West Sussex County Council.  During this time, Beccy was the Anti-Bullying Caseworker,  providing one-to-one support and advice to students, parents and teachers. She delivered workshops and training programmes on Anti-Bullying which included training on the new Anti-Bullying Telephone Support Line for parents/carers and professionals.

Beccy specialises in offering one-to-one support and coaching for children and young people with particular focus on intervention methods such as ‘Solution Focused Brief Therapy’ and ‘Working with Challenging Behaviour’ (Leap Confronting Conflict).  Support can be arranged through school or at home.  Beccy’s client work involves working closely with parents and teachers and arranging home visits can provide a useful starting point.

Beccy’s previous experience has also included:

  • Gender-based bullying – including relational conflict and friendship difficulties
  • Developing personal strategies to deflect/protect against bullying in and out of school
  • Supporting young people who are having difficulty attending school due to bullying related issues
  • Peer mentor schemes – including Cybermentors

To contact Beccy – please email beccy@antibullyingworks.co.uk

Beccy graduated in 2006 from Goldsmiths College, University of London with Distinction in Applied Anthropology, Community and Youth Work.  To see her research project on Empowering People with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities, click on the following link: http://www.anthropologymatters.com/index.php/anth_matters/article/view/43/80

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Katie Snow – Consultant

Katie has over 10 years’ experience of working with children and families. She has worked for Brighton and Hove City Council as a Community Family Worker, at a residential home for children with behavioural and emotional needs and delivered resilience work for a children’s charity.  She is experienced in working 1:1, in groups, and in delivering workshops and assemblies in both primary and secondary schools.  Her areas of expertise are in anti-bullying and resilience work, Protective Behaviours and Mindfulness.

Katie is a qualified Mindfulness practitioner and has developed a ‘Mindfulness based Resilience’ programme to be used with children and young people. This is suitable for all children, but especially helpful for children who are anxious, have low self-esteem, are struggling with transition or suffering with exam stress.

Katie’s previous experience has included:

  • Working with children around anxiety, transition and body image
  • Delivering peer led and participation work
  • Family support and parenting work
  • Working with children who have been bullied
  • Developing bespoke programmes and schemes of work
  • Working with children in care or at risk of coming into care

Katie is trained in Mindfulness, Therapeutic Play, Theraplay, Protective Behaviours, group work and safeguarding. Katie also delivers Mindfulness under the name ‘Free to Be’. For more information go to www.free-to-be.co.uk

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Jane Cross – Consultant

Jane is an experienced Specialist Advisory Teacher for Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. A former Principal Advisory Teacher (Behaviour) with West Sussex County Council, Jane has experience as an Inclusion Officer, a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and as a teacher in mainstream and specialist settings.

Jane is also an independent consultant providing support, interventions and training for children aged 3 to 16 years, their families and schools or settings – www.behaviouradvice.co.uk

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Ollie Heath – Consultant

Ollie Heath is a qualified Teacher, specialist Teacher of the Deaf, lecturer, professional musician and director of ‘Rhythm Masters.’ Ollie specialises in bringing large groups together, regardless of age and ability, through various rhythmic musical means such as drumming, vocal/body percussion, singing, and performance poetry. He has been running days in schools, training Heads, Teachers and Youth Leaders since 2000.

Ollie has visited schools throughout West Sussex for the ‘Action Against Bullying’ partnership teaching pre-emptive strategies to bullying, practising values and raising awareness of Children’s Rights. His successful all inclusive approaches have become the perfect way to create stunning starts, marvellous middles and exciting endings to any whole school, youth or community ‘Anti-Bullying Works’ message.

Pupils get to experience first-hand what it feels like to have everyone working in complete unison and practice the vital communication skills they will need to pre-empt bullying.

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Other practitioners and organisations

Anti-Bullying Works also has a network of other practitioners and organisations that are happy to work with and through us.

Even if we can’t help personally, we probably know someone who can! So please contact us with any bullying-related issue and we will do our utmost to provide the support you need.

 Anti-Bullying Works is a member of the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

Anti-Bullying Alliance