Contact Group Supports Anti-Bullying Week 17th – 21st November 2014
Anti-Bullying Week provides an opportunity for us to talk openly about the effects of bullying on the lives of children and young people and take action to stop it.
The best schools are rarely those that say ‘we have no bullying here’; rather they are schools that take positive steps to prevent bullying for ALL pupils, and take quick and effective action when it happens. They recognise that some young people are more vulnerable to bullying and they provide a welcoming and inclusive school for ALL pupils.
Despite significant improvements to how schools tackle bullying of pupils, some groups of children and young people are still more likely to be bullied than others. This Anti-Bullying Week, the Anti-Bullying Alliance are calling on the school community to take action to stop the bullying of disabled children and those with special educational needs – those research show are significantly more likely to experience bullying in schools and the wider community.
The Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) has been coordinating Anti-Bullying Week for over ten years and thanks to the enthusiasm of children and young people, their teachers, and their parents and carers, the week is now firmly established in the school calendar.
What is bullying?
ABA defines bullying as the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person by another, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. It can happen face to face or through cyberspace.
How much do disabled children and young people experience bullying?
Research tells us that disabled children and children with special educational needs are significantly more likely to experience bullying than those who are not disabled and don’t have a special education need.
Research from 2014 has indicated that disabled primary school pupils are twice as likely as other pupils to suffer from persistent bullying.
Reports suggest that bullying may have been experienced by:
- Roughly 8 out of 10 young people with learning difficulties
- 82% of young people who are disfluent (those with a stammer)
- 39% of children with speech and language difficulties
- Over 90% of parents of children with Asperger Syndrome reported that their child had been bullied in the previous 12 months alone