Being bullied: the experiences of disabled children and young people

Children and young people with disabilities are more likely to be bullied at school compared to those students with no known disabilities. That’s one of the main findings from research conducted with Stella Chatzitheochari (University of Warwick) and Sam Parsons (University College London).

We analysed data from the Millennium Cohort Study and Next Steps (formerly known as Longitudinal Study of Young People in England) which enabled us to examine the prevalence of school bullying in early childhood (age 7) and adolescence (age 15).

Results underlined that children and young people with long-standing limiting conditions such as muscular dystrophy or mobility difficulties, as well as those with Special Educational Needs were at a higher risk of bullying. These associations between disability and bullying remained even when other characteristics known to influence bullying were taken into account.

The research is published in Sociology and we have also created a briefing and this short animated film below.

Photo credit: Honza Soukup

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