More than a quarter of parents say schools not dealing with bullying effectively
More than a quarter of parents whose child was bullied in the East Riding say their school did not deal with it well, a new survey suggests.
With figures showing tens of thousands of parents nationwide expressing similar fears, anti-bullying charities have warned bullying can “devastate lives” and seriously affect a child’s wellbeing.
Ofsted asked 1,703 parents if they agreed that their school had dealt with bullying quickly and effectively, between the start of the 2019-20 school year and this April.
Of them, 630 said the question applied to them, of whom 26% disagreed or strongly disagreed that the school had acted in this way.
More than half (51%) agreed with the statement, while the remaining 23% said they did not know.
Anti-bullying charity Bullies Out said no school can claim not to have any bullying.
A Department for Education spokeswoman said: “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 consequences for their mental health.
“All schools are legally required to have a behaviour policy with measures to prevent all forms of bullying.”