Bullying and cyberbullying Facts and statistics

There are no official statistics on the number of children who are bullied. But from research studies and from what children tell us, we know that bullying is an issue that affects almost all children in some way. 


There were over 24,000 Childline counselling sessions with children about bullying in 2016/17

Explanation: 24,571 Childline counselling sessions with young people in 2015/16 who cited bullying/cyberbullying as their main concern. 

See also Indicator 7 in How Safe are our children? 2017.

View trend graph Counselling sessions with abuse as the primary concern (PNG)

Nearly half of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people have been bullied for being LGBT at school

Explanation: Findings from an online survey of 3,713 LGBT young people aged 11-19 in Britain. The survey, which took place between November 2016 and February 2017, found that 45% of LGBT pupils were bullied for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans.

More than 16,000 young people are absent from school due to bullying

Explanation: Based on a survey of children in England aged 11-15. Children were identified as “absent from school” either because they has frequently missed school – at least 28 missed half-days a year; or because their parents had elected to home-educate them. The figure of more than 16,000 is based on parents who gave bullying as the main reason for the child not being in school.

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