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Concerns about bullying policies raised

Malvern Editorial 27th Dec, 2013 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

PARENTS in Worcestershire have raised concerns about bullying policies in schools through a countywide survey.

Of the 59 people who responded to the Parents’ Voice questionnaire, 95 per cent said their child had been a victim, with nearly a quarter of cases lasting for more than three years.

While more than 80 per cent happened in school, bullying carried on outside on the journey home, through text messages and online.

In total, 78 per cent said they spoke to the class teacher or adult in charge but the majority were not happy with the response.

A spokeswoman said: “We wondered where Worcestershire parents found support and information, whether they found it easily and whether they had any comments or suggestions about making possible improvements.

“Although we began with the simple intention of investigation where and how parents find information and support, we found out so much more.

“We do not want any parent’s experiences to be dismissed, what parents and carers told us should be taken very seriously because so many of the things they wrote about should never happen to even one child, parent or family.”

The results will now be shared with the Worcestershire Children’s Trust, Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board, Early Help Hub and the Parent Partnership Service.

A spokeswoman for Worcestershire County Council said: “Each school has the responsibility of creating and enforcing its own policy and code of practice regarding bullying.”

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