Children in Scotland release recommendations on bullying

Date: 28th June 2017
Category: Bullying

A report has been released by Children in Scotland on bullying and harassment of children and young people which aims to bring together children and young people's voices and experiences of bullying in school settings.

The study, entitled 'Children's and Young People's Voices and Experiences of Bullying and Harassment in Schools' draws on the voices of children and young people who have experienced bullying as well as those of adults who work with them.

It highlights factors identified as reasons for children and young people experiencing bullying which can include race and faith or the transition from primary to secondary school. The report also states that evidence proves factors such as good relationships, peer support, and strong participation mechanisms can act as protective factors.

Amy Woodhouse, Head of Policy at Children in Scotland, says "Our report finds that sadly bullying and harassment remains a huge issue for children and young people in Scotland, with far-reaching and often devastating impacts.

"Concerted effort is required within families, schools, communities and at societal level to substantially strengthen the support mechanisms that are already available to children and young people.

"But we must also ensure we are listening to and collaborating with children through ongoing meaningful participation to identify mechanisms that would help but are not yet in place."

The report is part of evidence currently being discussed by the Scottish Parliament's Equalities and Human Rights Committee. It makes several recommendations to reduce instances of bullying including preventing bullying as opposed to tackling it, starting with a child rights approach throughout education, health and public services and recognising that gaming is often a pathway for young people to be bullied, but also is seen as a key support mechanism.