The Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice (CYCJ) has published a paper that draws together evidence from a rapid review of the literature in relation to bullying and offending, especially violent offending, to support practitioners in their understanding of this area.
Once regarded as an inevitable part of childhood development, research and policy attention has been directed in recent years towards bullying and the impact it can have on everyone involved. Understanding and addressing bullying behaviours is especially pertinent for practitioners working in youth justice and related fields, as there is growing evidence that portrays an association between bullying behaviours in childhood and later involvement in offending.
Written by CYCJ’s Research Lead Nina Vaswani, ‘Bullying Behaviours: adverse experiences for all involved?’ also presents empirical evidence on bullying drawn from analysis of risk formulation records about young people at risk of serious harm to themselves and others. This includes analysis of some of the factors that may be implicated in bullying either as a precursor to bullying, or as a result of bullying behaviours, such as peer rejection and social exclusion.