Why Does Bullying Happen?

Children and Young People are bullied for a variety of reasons; vulnerable groups are particularly at risk of bullying.

Specific types of bullying include bullying related to:

  • Race, religion or culture.
  • Educational Needs (SEN) or disabilities.
  • Appearance or health conditions.
  • Sexual orientation.
  • Young carers or looked-after children or otherwise related to home circumstances.
  • Sexist, sexual and transphobic bullying.

There should be no “hierarchy” of bullying – all forms of bullying should be taken equally seriously.

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Last updated: 16 October 2015

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