Harassment and bullying in schools – Welsh 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 Welsh Government has legislated to make relationships and sexuality education a statutory component of the new curriculum – ensuring that schools tackle bullying and harassment in all its forms – and has produced statutory guidance to support anti-bullying. However, schools still do not have a duty to collect evidence on incidents of bullying. This lack of data, and the Welsh Government’s own lack of indicators to measure improvements in levels of bullying, make it difficult to assess the extent of progress. The number of learners who regularly experience bullying and harassment is high, with those sharing certain protected characteristics at particular risk.

Read more about the UK and Welsh Governments’ actions on harassment and bullying in schools.

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