A recent survey of more than 2,000 children found that being bullied was the top barrier to having a good childhood. Other researchers have concluded that the short and long-term effects of bullying are comparable with many childhood adversities, and that facing adversity and disadvantage also leaves children vulnerable to bullying, compounding and adding to distress. Childhood bullying therefore has implications for all professionals working with children, as well as for wider society, but may have specific relevance to youth justice.
This Info Sheet, written by Nina Vaswani, highlights findings from a study of bullying behaviours among young people at high risk of harm to themselves or others. Read the full report here.