Nearly six children are bullied in Brighton and Hove schools every day

Nearly six children are bullied in Brighton and Hove schools every day

Nearly six children are bullied in Brighton and Hove schools every day

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Nearly six pupils are bullied every school day in Brighton and Hove, The Argus can reveal.

In the last academic year 1,087 instances of bullying at schools in the city – an average of 5.7 every day at school – were reported to Brighton and Hove City Council.

Almost a fifth of incidents were racially motivated, with 118 incidents being reported in primary schools and 96 in secondary schools between September 2012 and September 2013.

The new figures come as a national bullying charity applauds the Brighton and Hove City Council’s efforts to combat the problem.

The detailed results, released following a Freedom of Information request, are available because of a new council initiative to record the type of bullying to tracktrends and measure the impact of prevention work.

Results from a council-run investigation into bullying at the city’s schools are due to be revealed in April.

Primary schools reported youngsters are being hounded because of their religion (13 times), due to disabilities/medical reasons (13 times), sex  (nine times), appearance (37 times), home circumstances (nine times) gender identity (16 times) and sexual orientation (71 times).

Bullying which did not fall into one of these categories was recorded as ‘other’.

Secondary school children were far more likely to be picked on for their appearance and medical reasons than younger children, the figures revealed.

Secondary school children were bullied because of their religion (ten times), due to disabilities/medical reasons (75 times), sex (11 times), appearance (101 times), home circumstance(four times) gender identity (27 times) and sexual orientation (41 times).

There were very few reports of bullying from special schools and none from nurseries.

A Brighton and Hove City Council spokesman said: “Bullying is first and foremost an issue for individual schools, but we offer schools excellent support in dealing with it.

“It’s a national issue and we have no reason to believe that the situation with bullying here is any better or worse than elsewhere.

“Our local survey data shows a downward trend in children and young people anonymously reporting that they have been bullied.

“We take bullying in schools so seriously that we set up a scrutiny panel to look into whether more could be done by the council to help tackle it.

“This panel is due to give its recommendations to our children and young people committee in April.

“We encourage schools to report bullying by type in order to support schools to effectively record and monitor different types of bullying in their setting.

“The data collected is used to monitor types of bullyig and to compare to anonymously reported survey data in order to track trends and measure the impact of work being done to prevent
bullying.”

A spokesperson from bullying prevention charity BeatBullying said: “We welcome Brighton and Hove City Council's efforts to take this issue seriously.

“BeatBullying has highlighted the need for better local reporting and transparency in order to properly tackle bullying in schools and the ongoing training and support provided by the council will only serve to improve this reporting over time.

“However, schools cannot be expected to tackle bullying in isolation. We've been contacted by young people who have been bullied everywhere from the street, to on the bus, to online.”

Jeremy Todd, bullying advice charity Bullying UK’s chief executive, added: “Of the families that contact us, bullying in schools remains consistently at around 85%.

“And that is why schools must have robust anti-bullying procedures in place to ensure that existing and future generations do not experience bullying which can affect their emotional wellbeing, academic achievement and theirability to form positive relationshipswith their peers.”

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8:37am Mon 24 Feb 14

BURIRAM says...

How can six Children be Bullied in schools everyday, schools were closed last week and they don't open on Saturdays and Sundays.
How can six Children be Bullied in schools everyday, schools were closed last week and they don't open on Saturdays and Sundays. BURIRAM
  • Score: -12

10:36am Mon 24 Feb 14

Indigatio says...

In two minds over this. 'Bullying' is part of growing up. I was bullied at school but it hasn't done me any harm.its part of growing up. However, modern society is a lot different from 50 years ago and its a lot easier to be more hurtful that it used to be.
In two minds over this. 'Bullying' is part of growing up. I was bullied at school but it hasn't done me any harm.its part of growing up. However, modern society is a lot different from 50 years ago and its a lot easier to be more hurtful that it used to be. Indigatio
  • Score: -2

10:39am Mon 24 Feb 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

It is so sad that nothing is being done by schools and the council to stamp out bullying.

East Sussex County Council used to have a brilliant lady employed by them who when contacted by a parent would go into the school - the school could not refuse her entry (as many tried to do) and had to give her a room to work in and access to those involved in the bullying.

She would first meet and talk to the bully (or each child involved) and then have a meeting with the child being bullied to discuss what had been said and she would go on from there and involved the parents of all the children. She was fantastic.
It is so sad that nothing is being done by schools and the council to stamp out bullying. East Sussex County Council used to have a brilliant lady employed by them who when contacted by a parent would go into the school - the school could not refuse her entry (as many tried to do) and had to give her a room to work in and access to those involved in the bullying. She would first meet and talk to the bully (or each child involved) and then have a meeting with the child being bullied to discuss what had been said and she would go on from there and involved the parents of all the children. She was fantastic. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 5

10:45am Mon 24 Feb 14

bigandugly says...

So that will be five children then.
So that will be five children then. bigandugly
  • Score: 2

10:50am Mon 24 Feb 14

mimseycal says...

Bullying is a natural component of life and one of the least attractive aspects of human interaction. It happens everywhere and not just in schools and it is not just children that are victims or perpetrators of bullying.

Keeping records is all very well but we are in danger of concentrating on the aim rather then the cause. It is in childhood that we develop our personal standard of interaction with others around us. For most of us, these standards will have been more or less established by the time we get to school and just require honing and perfecting.
Bullying is a natural component of life and one of the least attractive aspects of human interaction. It happens everywhere and not just in schools and it is not just children that are victims or perpetrators of bullying. Keeping records is all very well but we are in danger of concentrating on the aim rather then the cause. It is in childhood that we develop our personal standard of interaction with others around us. For most of us, these standards will have been more or less established by the time we get to school and just require honing and perfecting. mimseycal
  • Score: 2

10:58am Mon 24 Feb 14

tykemison says...

bigandugly wrote:
So that will be five children then.
Should not laugh but the Argus could make a mockery of any story! And surely it should read, 6children REPORTEDLY bullied each day as it is a given many more children picked on by children of retarded, idiotic parents do not report it.
[quote][p][bold]bigandugly[/bold] wrote: So that will be five children then.[/p][/quote]Should not laugh but the Argus could make a mockery of any story! And surely it should read, 6children REPORTEDLY bullied each day as it is a given many more children picked on by children of retarded, idiotic parents do not report it. tykemison
  • Score: 1

11:34am Mon 24 Feb 14

FC says...

OK, so now we've identified a supposed number... What are we going to do about it? Write an article or challenge bad parents?
OK, so now we've identified a supposed number... What are we going to do about it? Write an article or challenge bad parents? FC
  • Score: 4

12:02pm Mon 24 Feb 14

The Real Phil says...

Sounds like an incredibly low number!
Sounds like an incredibly low number! The Real Phil
  • Score: 7

12:36pm Mon 24 Feb 14

beano mcbean says...

The vast majority of cases are probably not reported. Some schools are good at dealing with this and some are not. There is one school run by an ex Glasgow bad boy where a certain bully from Glasgow is allowed to do anything she wants. It should be possible to stop bullying without taking the matter to ridiculous lengths. I know of at least one secondary school that has tackled the problem successfully.
The vast majority of cases are probably not reported. Some schools are good at dealing with this and some are not. There is one school run by an ex Glasgow bad boy where a certain bully from Glasgow is allowed to do anything she wants. It should be possible to stop bullying without taking the matter to ridiculous lengths. I know of at least one secondary school that has tackled the problem successfully. beano mcbean
  • Score: 4

4:48pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Charlie-Brighton says...

Very much agree with the stupidity (not to say poor language) of the headline. I assume the Argus means "on average six children are bullied each day in Brighton and Hove". But even that statistic is utterly meaningless. Given the thousands of children who attend our local schools should we be rejoicing or up in arms?
I suspect the journalist who wrote the article might well have benefitted from concentrating more in his/her English lessons than bullying his/her fellow students.
Very much agree with the stupidity (not to say poor language) of the headline. I assume the Argus means "on average six children are bullied each day in Brighton and Hove". But even that statistic is utterly meaningless. Given the thousands of children who attend our local schools should we be rejoicing or up in arms? I suspect the journalist who wrote the article might well have benefitted from concentrating more in his/her English lessons than bullying his/her fellow students. Charlie-Brighton
  • Score: 0

1:02am Tue 25 Feb 14

Brightonvirgo says...

My nephew was bullied in school so his dad got him involved in a kick boxing club, and now he is a jounior champion and no one bullies him now. But Unfortunatly most children do not tell their parents that they are being bullied as they feel ashamed of it. I think we could start by getting children to open up more about what happens to them at school.
My nephew was bullied in school so his dad got him involved in a kick boxing club, and now he is a jounior champion and no one bullies him now. But Unfortunatly most children do not tell their parents that they are being bullied as they feel ashamed of it. I think we could start by getting children to open up more about what happens to them at school. Brightonvirgo
  • Score: 0

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