Last reviewed 9 November 2020

The Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) is a coalition of organisations and individuals, working together to stop bullying and create safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.

One of the key parts of its work is organising Anti-Bullying Week which in 2020 takes place from 16 to 20 November with the theme “United against Bullying”.

Odd Socks Day will mark the start of Anti-Bullying Week with the organisers hoping to surpass last year’s effort when 75% of schools in the country took part, reaching well over seven million young people.

There is no pressure on the children to wear the latest fashion or for parents to buy expensive costumes, the Alliance point out. All they have to do to take part is wear odd socks to school.

“Bullying has a long-lasting effect on those who experience and witness it,” the ABA said. “But by channelling our collective power, through shared efforts and shared ambitions, we can reduce bullying together.”

The Alliance has a store of background information and useful tools available at https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk.

It has developed extra resources for teachers with special packs available for primary schools, secondary schools, schools in Wales and to celebrate Odd Socks Day (including an appeal to share photos and videos on Twitter using the hashtags #AntiBullyingWeek and #oddsocksday).

In support of Anti-Bullying week, patrons Andy and the Odd Socks (CBeebies / CBBC) are releasing a cover version of the Sham 69 classic, The Kids Are United.

“The song’s video, made by hundreds of pupils in their ‘bubbles’ in schools across the country, encourages young and old alike to wear odd socks to school or work and celebrate what makes us all unique,” the ABA said.