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2010 Bullying Survey

Background

The Trust completed some work with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) regarding bullying in Jersey. It was felt that the first step to tackling the issue of bullying for people of all ages was to quantify the level of the problem on the island. Although there is data from education, no data exists regarding other areas of life. On 19 April 2010, the Trust launched its Bullying Survey 2010 which ran until the end of August 2010.

We were overwhelmed by the response to the survey and spent several months analysing the data with assistance from the States Statistics Department to whom we are grateful. 

Definition of Bullying for the Survey

For the purpose of the survey, we used the British government’s definition of bullying:
“Behaviour by an individual or group, usually repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally”.

The Anti-Bullying Alliance states that bullying generally falls into two categories:

  • Emotionally harmful behaviour, such as taunting, spreading hurtful rumours and excluding people from groups;
  • Physically harmful behaviour, such as kicking, hitting, pushing, or other forms of physical abuse.

The following three conditions are used to define incidences of harmful interpersonal behaviour as bullying behaviour.

  • It is repetitive, wilful or persistent;
  • It is intentionally harmful, carried out by an individual or group;
  • There is an imbalance of power, leaving the person who is being bullied feeling defenceless.

Highlights of the report

40.4% stated that they had been bullied within the last twelve months
29.2% experienced bullying 2-5 times in the last year
40% of respondents fell into the age group 31-50
56% of those bullied experienced that in the workplace and
28.4% experienced bullying at school
34.9% stated that the person involved in bullying was a work colleague and (34.9%) and
34.6% stated that it was a work manager

Recommendations

  • Introduction of anti-discrimination legislation. (Click here for updated information on this issue). This would be of particular benefit to those who wanted a method of recourse where all other avenues had failed.
  • To establish a 2 year pilot project with the intention of employing a counsellor on a part time basis. (Following the survey, the Trust established our Anti-bullying Service )
  • To facilitate and launch a public awareness campaign. (We do this through our Anti-bullying Service)
  • Investigate the potential of introducing a ' standard' that employers could adhere to as regards bullying. Provide a tool kit which they could use to self-assess in the first place, and provide a mechanism for auditing progress.

Other Remedies available on the Island

The States of Jersey Police

Many people are unaware that there is an harassment law available on the island; The Crime (Disorderly Conduct and Harassment) (Jersey) Law 2008 or contact the police directly.

Jersey Advisory Conciliation Service

JACS offer example policies and procedures for employers in relation to grievance and harassment policies and run training courses for employers on bullying.

Citizens Advice Bureau

free phone 0800 735 0249 www.cab.org.je

Samaritans

24 hour helpline 725555 or 08457 909090 or email: jo@samaritans.org

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