Researching playground bullying in West Sussex schools

West Sussex County Council headquarters
West Sussex County Council headquarters

THE stories of children who are bullied in school playgrounds needs to be told, according to West Sussex County Council.

The county council has launched a survey asking parents and carers of children and young people to tell them about any bullying they may have experienced or witnessed.

“National research suggests that disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs are more likely to experience bullying than others,” said Peter Evans, the county council’s cabinet member for children.

“We want to find out whether parents and carers know about the support services which are available, as well as find out more about the issues young people experience in West Sussex.

“We also want to hear from the children themselves, and the survey can be completed by children and young people, as well as their parents and carers.”

A spokeswoman from the county council said the stories of playground bullying needed to be told so the council could work on its anti-bullying strategy, which is set for publication next year.

The survey can be completed at and is anonymous.

The results will be analysed by county council staff and the findings shared with the early years, social care, education and young people’s services.

The survey closes on Sunday (November 30).