There is a lack of research about the amount of bullying that occurs on home to school transport but the research that does exist implies that it is almost as common as online bullying and can have a significant impact on children and young people.
Bullying happens on home to school transport. Our Anti-Bullying Week 2020 poll of 2,000 children and young people found that 33% said they had been bullied in the last six months. Of those that had been bullied, 26% said that the bullying had taken place on home to school transport.
The Vodden Reports
The Vodden Report represents a body of research that has been undertaken to explore experiences of bullying on school buses. Led and co-ordinated by Paul Vodden, a dedicated campaigner to highlight the issues surrounding bullying on dedicated school buses, the project aims to highlight the issue of bullying on school buses. On their site you will find more information about the project, findings of their research projects and updates on our work in tackling bullying on school buses.
Their latest research project ‘The Vodden Report 3: An Agenda for change” was launched on the 16th September 2019.
In this research that surveyed 94 school bus/coach drivers, 67.4% had witnessed bullying on their buses. Whilst many bus drivers were seeing bullying taking place on their buses, only 21% had received any advice or instructions about how to handle bullying or behaviour issues on their buses.