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Sam’s Story: Listening to children and young people’s experiences of bullying in Wales


The Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Sally Holland, has published a report on her investigation into listening to children and young people’s perspectives on bullying.

The consultation, ‘What Next’, revealed that the top priority chosen by children and young people was tackling bullying. The Children’s Commissioner then asked the children and young people involved in their Ambassador schemes to express their experiences of bullying through an imaginary character called ‘Sam’.

Difference, including ethnicity, poverty, disability and gender stereotyping, was seen as a key issue in bullying, along with isolation. Professionals said that there was no standardised system for monitoring instances of bullying, and desired more consistency in tackling bullying across local authority areas and Wales as a whole.

The report goes into further detail on these points and covers priorities for improving tackling bullying.

You can read the report in full on the Children’s Commissioner’s website, here.