Survey finds Rotherham bullying reducing

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The number of secondary school pupils in Rotherham who have been bullied has fallen, according to a new survey.

The annual Rotherham Secondary School Lifestyle Survey was completed by 4,123 pupils from 16 secondary school and three pupil referral units across the town.

The number of pupils who said they had been bullied fell 10 per cent – from 38 per cent in 2013 to 28 per cent.

Of those who had been bullied, 58 per cent said they had received help, compared to 26 per cent in 2013.

Other findings included 70 per cent of Year 10 pupils, aged 14 to 15, saying they had never tried a cigarette – up from 64 per cent in 2013.

The survey aims to capture the views and opinions of youngsters in Years seven and 10, asking questions on a range of subjects from food and drink to sexual health.

Pupils who took part in the survey rose from 55 per cent in 2013 to 63 per cent.

Councillors will discuss the results at Rotherham Council’s cabinet meeting on Wednesday. They will also be shared with organisations and services, including South Yorkshire Police and Network Rail.

Secondary schools will also receive a copy of the report, together with the individual results for each school.

Coun Christine Beaumont, cabinet member for children and young people’s services, said: “The views of our children and young people are important to the authority and its partner organisations so it is good to see so many taking part.

“There are some areas of concern, but obviously we take note of them and will do all we can to make the changes that address the issues.

“This has happened in the past and has resulted in some excellent work within schools.”