Harassment and bullying in schools – UK Government assessment

Progress assessment

Limited progress

There have been legal or policy changes to improve human rights protections but very limited evidence of sustained improvements in the enjoyment of human rights on this issue

The UK Government’s new relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education guidance is welcome, as is action taken in response to Ofsted’s report on sexual harassment. A lack of data makes it difficult to assess progress in relation to bullying and harassment in schools. However, surveys by civil society organisations suggest that children continue to experience bullying and harassment, linked to protected characteristics. Schools are not required to record bullying and harassment other than sexual harassment and abuse, and funding for projects to tackle bullying has reduced.

Read more about the UK Government’s actions on harassment and bullying in schools.

The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 12/07/2021