Council poll to provide bullying data for Lincolnshire

Bullying (posed by actors)
Image caption The council hopes to use the survey data to target its resources to where they are most needed

Schools in Lincolnshire are taking part in an online survey organised by the county council to assess the scale of bullying across the region.

Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) said the results would help it target resources to where they were needed.

The poll, which can be filled in anonymously, coincides with the start of Anti-Bullying Week.

It is the first time LCC has organised research solely connected with bullying in schools.

Snapshot of bullying

Sophie Whitehead, anti-bullying officer for Lincolnshire, said: "We are trying to get a snapshot of what is happening in the county so we can support the children and young people who are being bullied.

"We are not suggesting there is an issue in the county - it's about making sure children are safe in and out of school," she said.

"The survey asks if children are being bullied and what types of bullying they have experienced."

One county school which has taken part in the Anti-Bullying Week campaign for the past five years is Park Primary in Boston.

Nicole Vandenbosch, from the school's pastoral care team, said it had used initiatives like buddy benches, role playing and informal meetings with parents to resolve bullying in the school.

She said the school hoped to get children to "open up" through role-playing exercises and talking to their peers.

Figures from the Anti-bullying Alliance show one in four 11 to 16-year-olds in the East Midlands have been verbally bullied in the past year.

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