Special needs pupils at risk of bullying

A study by the Institute of Education has found primary children who have special needs are  twice as likely as other children to be bullied. The bullying could be physical, such as hitting or pushing, or psychological such as, name-calling or being left out.

Philippa Stobbs, from the Council for Disabled Children, said: “We know that bullying remains the single biggest concern raised by children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Source: BBC

This increased risk puts disabled children at a double disadvantage, and highlights the need for adults to be vigilant, able to recognise bullying and  know what to do when they are aware bullying is taking place.