According to the Tellus 4 survey carried out by the Department for Children, Schools and Families in 2009/10, the number of children currently in UK schools who could be the subject of bullying is 28.8 per cent.
With approximately 8.1 million pupils in all schools in England, this means that over 2,000,000 children and young people in our country go to bed worrying about bullying, having their learning opportunities, educational achievement and, potentially, their lives ruined because of it
The devastating and long-lasting effects of bullying on people are well known. Bullying can lead to low self-esteem and depression. It causes considerable stress and in worse case scenarios victims have taken their own life. Children and young people frequently say that bullying is one of the main reasons they do not attend school.