The Annual Bullying Survey 2015 is Here

16 Apr 2015

The Annual Bullying Survey 2015: UK Bullying Statistics 2015

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Welcome to ‘The Annual Bullying Survey 2015’, produced by Ditch the Label – one of the UK’s leading anti-bullying charities. In this report, you will find everything that you need to know about the current climate of bullying in high schools and colleges across the UK. This year’s report features all of the key statistics you would expect, in addition to new groundbreaking statistics about appearance-based bullying, bullying sources, perpetrator perspectives and crime. As part of our continuous improvement, we have over 50 new measurements and statistics. This report consists of 46 pages and is the largest to date.

If you are interested in finding out more or would like to work with our national anti-bullying charity, please do not hesitate to contact us.


  • 50% of young people have bullied another person, 30% of which do it at least once a week.
  • 69% of young people have witnessed somebody else being bullied, 43% of which see it at least once a week.
  • 43% of young people have been bullied, 44% of which are bullied at least once a week.
  • Appearance is cited as the number 1 aggressor of bullying, with 51% saying they were bullied because of attitudes towards how they look.
  • 26% said their weight was targeted, 21% body shape, 18% clothing, 14% facial features, 9% glasses and 8% hair colour.
  • 23% a females with ginger hair cited their hair colour as the bullying aggressor.
  • Overall, 47% of young people want to change their appearance. 48% want teeth whitening, 17% breast implants, 6% liposuction and 5% botox.
  • 74% of those who have been bullied, have, at some point been physically attacked. 17% have been sexually assaulted. 62% have been cyber bullied.
  • As a result of bullying, 29% self harmed, 27% skipped class, 14% developed an eating disorder and 12% ran away from home.
  • Highest risk to bullying were the following groups: all types of disability, LGBT and low income backgrounds.
  • 40% of respondents reported being bullied for personal appearance 36% reported being bullied for body shape, size and weight.
  • Of those who were bullied, 98% were bullied by another student, 17% from a sibling, 13% from a teacher and 8% from their parents/guardians.
  • 55% reporting bullying. 92% to a teacher, 49% were satisfied. 86% to a family member, 82% were satisfied. 69% to a friend, 72% were satisfied.
  • 45% did not report bullying. 32% of which felt it would not be taken seriously, 32% were too embarrassed and 26% were scared of it getting worse.
  • Those who have bullied were more likely to be in trouble with the Police (36%) vs. witnesses to bullying (23%) and those who have been bullied (22%).


The Report – Bullying Statistics 2015

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