Key statistics

StampThere are many research papers and studies relating to bullying.  Here are some key statistics that highlight the importance of our collective work to prevent and respond to all forms of bullying:

  • A survey of 253,755 children and young people in England in years 6, 8 and 10 (ages 10-11, 12-13, 14-15 respectively) found bullying to be widespread:

    • 25% of children and young people said they worried about bullying

    • 46% of children and young people said they had been bullied at some point whilst at school

    • Of those who have been bullied at some point, 29% had been bullied in the last year  TellUs4, Ofsted, 2010

  • The most common worry that pupils said they had felt before joining their secondary school was getting lost in the large buildings, but bullying came a close second. Ofsted, No place for bullying, June 2012

  • 16,000 young people aged 11-15 are absent from school at any one time due to bullying.  National Centre for Social Research, Estimating the prevalence of young people absent from school due to bullying, May 2011

  • 56% of children with a learning disability said they cried because of bullying, and 33% hid away in their bedroom. Nearly half of children with a learning disability had been bullied for over a year, and many were bullied for even longer. MENCAP (2007) Bullying wrecks lives: the experiences of children and young people with a learning disability. London: Mencap. 15pp.

  • Over 90 per cent of parents of children with Asperger Syndrome reported that their child had been bullied in the previous 12 months.L. Little, 'Middle-Class Mothers' Perceptions of Peer and Sibling Victimisation among Children with Asperger's Syndrome and Non-Verbal Learning Disorders' (2002) 25(1) Issues in Comprehensive Paediatric Nursing pp. 43 - 57.

  • In a survey carried out by the DCSF of 34,428 pupils across four different age groups, virtually every single pupil of minority ethnic heritage had been verbally abused on the ground of their ethnicity.DCSF,Bullying around Racism, Religion and Culture(2006),

  • In a survey of 1,154 secondary school pupils, almost two thirds of young lesbian, gay and bisexual children had experienced homophobic bullying at school. Almost all survey respondants had heard derogratory homophobic comments. Stonewall, The Experiences of Young Gay People in Britain's Schools (2007). 

  • There is a growing evidence base linking bullying to mental health problems which has changed both government and societal attitudes to bullying. Findings showed that 61.5 per cent of participants reported being bullied, with 62.5 per cent of bullied participants reporting that being bullied was an important reason for their attendance at the CAMH service. DYER, K. and TEGGART, T. (2007) Bullying experiences of child and adolescent mental health service-users: a pilot survey. Child Care in Practice, vol.13, no.4 (Oct). pp351-365.

  • Children  bullied during their early years are up to three times more likely to self harm than their classmates when they reach adolescence. It found that half of 12-year-olds who harm themselves were frequently bullied. The research also showed that victimised children with mental health problems were at greater risk of self-harming in later life. The authors suggest that efforts should focus on improving the ways in which children cope with emotional distress. They also call for more effective programmes to prevent bullying in schools. Bullying victimisation and risk of self harm in early adolescence: longitudinal cohort studyHelen L Fisher and others. BMJ Online, 26 April 2012

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