Quarter of Wiltshire parents say schools not dealing with bullying effectively

Quarter of Wiltshire parents say schools not dealing with bullying effectively

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 5:49am 18th June 2020. (Updated at 7:23am 18th June 2020)

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It follows a survey carried out by Ofsted involving almost 2,500 parents.

The education watchdog asked parents if they agreed their school had dealt with bullying quickly and effectively.

The question relates to issues between the start of the current academic year in September 2019 and April 2020.

848 said their son or daughter was bullied with 25% saying their child's school hadn't dealt with it properly.

More than half (56%) agreed with the statement, while the remaining 19% said they did not know.

In Wiltshire, 6% of parents also said their child was not happy at their school, and 5% said their child did not feel safe.

Anti-bullying charity Bullies Out said no school can claim not to have any bullying.

It estimates it affects half of all young people, but said that schools can help by dealing with incidents quickly and effectively.

More than 200,000 parents across England completed the survey, with over a third saying their child had been bullied and  28% of those said that their children's school had not quickly or effectively dealt with bullying.

Linda James, the founder of Bullies Out, said:

"Bullying is an issue of strategic, as well as operational, importance. It is not ‘kids being kids’ or ‘part of growing up’.

"It can devastate lives and seriously affect a person’s academic, social, emotional and physical well-being.

"For a school to reduce bullying, the emphasis must be placed on creating a culture of acceptance, tolerance and respect."

She added that bullying can cause feelings of self-doubt, depression and even suicide, making it vital children and parents have confidence in schools to deal with the problem.

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Anti Bullying charity Bullies Out says more must be done to stop bullying.

A Department for Education spokeswoman said: 

"Schools should be safe places where children are taught to respect each other and staff.

"The Government has sent a clear message to schools that bullying, whether it is in the playground or online, is unacceptable. It can have a devastating effect on individuals, harm their education and have serious and lasting consequences for their mental health.

"All schools are legally required to have a behaviour policy with measures to prevent all forms of bullying, and have the freedom to develop their own anti-bullying strategies and monitoring approaches to best suit their environment."


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