skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 160339 Find in a Library
Title: Preventing School Bullying
Author(s): J Pitts; P Smith
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 84
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office, Policing and Reducing Crime Unit
London, SW1H 9HD, England
Publication Number: ISBN 1-85893-401-X
Sale Source: Great Britain Home Office, Policing and Reducing Crime Unit
Research, Development and Statistics Directorate
Clive House, Room 415
Petty France
London, SW1H 9HD,
United Kingdom
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper profiles effective practices for preventing school bullying based on prevention programs in four schools in two deprived inner-city areas of Liverpool and London (England).
Abstract: The incidence of violent and antisocial behavior were high both in the schools and their surrounding areas, and students in the schools usually lacked the confidence to report bullying incidents. The staff, the students, and researchers/initiative workers worked together to develop prevention measures relevant to each school. In 2 years, the levels of bullying had significantly decreased in three of the schools, and they remained about the same in the London secondary school. The first section of this report outlines the strategy adopted by the researchers as the framework for taking preventive action to reduce bullying. The second section outlines the organizational development upon which the prevention strategies were based. The approach is based on the assumption that policy changes are most likely to be successful if they have the support and articulate the interests of those at all levels within an organization or school. In accordance with this approach, the researchers aimed to produce an anti-bullying code of practice and implementation strategy through a consultation process with staff and students to facilitate communication between school members to assist in putting the preventive program into practice. In the third section, the high levels of bullying found in the schools, especially the primary schools, are presented. Some important factors in reducing bullying were an increase in pupils' willingness to report to teachers, an apparent relationship between the pupils' perception of the extent to which staff intervened to prevent bullying and a decrease in bullying activity, and a suggested association between increased pupil confidence and satisfaction with the school and a decline in bullying. 22 tables, 2 figures, and appended supplementary material
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Aggression; Crime in schools; Foreign crime prevention; Problem behavior
Note: From the Crime Detection and Prevention Series, Paper 63.
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.