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Key findings 1. The extent to which pupils feel safe

‘Children and young people should have a good start in life, be safe and do as well as they can, while being able to access support when necessary.’  South Gloucestershire’s Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2013-16

Feeling safe at school, at home and from crime

1.1.  Results from the pupil survey suggest that the majority of pupils in South Gloucestershire felt safe or very safe at school and at home, with 93% feeling safe at home (3% reported feeling unsafe) and 83% feeling safe at school (6% reported feeling unsafe).

1.2.  The proportion of pupils feeling safe or very safe at school is exactly comparable with other schools in neighbouring counties and the proportion of children and young people who feel unsafe is very similar to the regional average (comparison based on primary & secondary pupils).



1.3.  There is a 5% gender gap in feeling safe outside (playing near their house/in their neighbourhood), with boys feeling safer than girls.

1.4.  The majority of pupils (64%) feel safe or very safe from crime which is higher than a local regional OPS survey from 2014. We have seen a significant improvement in this perception amongst children and young people since neighbouring OPS studies began in 2006.

Domestic Abuse

1.5.  Secondary and post 16 pupils were asked if they had witnessed or had been subjected to domestic abuse. Overall 84% had not. However 333 pupils reported they, or someone in their immediate family had been abused. 186 were female and 147 male. 292 said it was not happening now and 26 (8%) said it was still happening.




1.6.  The majority (65%) of pupils in all year groups feel their school had dealt with bullying quite or extremely well. However there is a significant difference in year groups with a high point (77.8%) in year 4 and a low point (37.4%) in year 10. This is not correlated with the amount of actual bullying reported.

1.7.  11% of pupils report being bullied sometimes, quite often or most days. This is higher in primary than in secondary phases.

1.8.  Reported bullying decreases as pupils get older but perception of school management in this area gets worse as pupils get older.

Fig. 3

% Pupils seriously bullied in the last year Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 Year 8 Year 10 Year 12
Pupils seriously bullied in the last year, sometimes, quite often and most days 15% 13.6% 11.5% 9.3% 6.6% 3.9%
Pupils who think their school deals with bullying well or extremely well 77.8% 74.4% 70.5% 55.8% 37.4% 51.8%



1.9.  The most frequently cited reason for bullying in the primary phase was their friendship group and over a quarter (27%) didn’t know the reason they were bullied. In the secondary phase the most frequently cited reason (by over a third) was because of their appearance (37%) and 33% said it was because of rumours about them. Year 12 showed a very similar pattern to secondary phase with the most commonly cited reasons being rumours about them and their appearance.

Word cloud showing reasons given for being bullied by primary pupils (n=1014)


Word cloud showing reasons given for being bullied by secondary pupils (n=416)


1.10.  For the pupils who reported they were bullied, verbal bullying was reported as the most common form of bullying in all age groups, accounting for 59% of all occurrences. Cyber bullying was the lowest form of reported bullying (15%) overall, however it is nearly double this rate (26%) by year 12.


1.11.  Although cyber bullying is the lowest type of bullying, it is a pernicious form and we noted large gender differences.


Gender differences in reports of Cyber bullying (n=206)



1.12.  2.7% reported as having been abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend (3.2% girls and 2.1% boys). Of these 8.7% (11 pupils) said it was still continuing. 4 pupils reported their abusive partner was older than them but none were an adult.

1.13.  9.4% (501) of pupils said they had met a stranger in the real world that they had first got to know online. 64 (7.2%) were in year 4. There was a small gender difference (8.4% girls compared to 10.3% boys). 31.5% reported that they went to meet them on their own. These included 26 year 4’s, 30 year 5’s and 14 year 6’s.

1.14.  3.3% (189) pupils reported they have run away from home or the place where they live in the past 6 months. This level was fairly consistent across all year groups. There was a  gender split –  2.6% girls and 4.0% boys

The majority, 58% of the runaways retuned by themselves, 12% were returned by the police and 12% were found by parents or carers. 9% were found by other relatives or friends.



1.15.  3.2% of young people surveyed, reported that they had been in serious trouble with the police. This was consistent across the year groups and is the same as other regional data.

1.16.  Boys were nearly twice as likely to have been in serious trouble with the police – 4% compared to 2.3% in girls.

1.17.  The average secondary and 16 plus pupil missed 3 days of school in the previous term – 40% of these were due to illness.