Grimsby Town Youth Academy have been supporting National Anti-Bullying Week’s ‘Change starts with us’ campaign.
The Academy’s youngsters and coaching staff all donned odd football socks this week at training in support of National Anti-Bullying Week (NABW).
The campaign launched by the Anti-Bullying Alliance seeks to inform children and young people, parents and carers of the collective responsibility to stop bullying.
Academy Designated Safeguarding Officer Adam Smith said: “Bullying can take on various forms and guises whether verbal, physical, emotional or face-to-face and online with the effects wide-ranging and potentially devastating.
“Simply by wearing odd socks during training this week we were able to highlight the campaign while stimulating healthy conversations amongst staff and players around the issue of bullying, recognising the signs and indicators and how to respond to such occurrences.”
If at any point you think a child is in immediate danger, contact the police on 999.
If you're worried about a child but they are not in immediate danger, share your concerns with the Academy Designated Safeguarding Officer or a member of staff.
Alternative contacts - NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 and/or North East Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Partnership 01472 326118.
The Academy Child Protection and Anti-Bullying procedures are available to all players and parents via the players’ individual PMA logon or upon request by emailing the Academy Designated Safeguarding Officer.