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Bullying in England, April 2013 to March 2018

Analysis on 10 to 15 year olds from the Crime Survey for England & Wales

The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) is conducted by the Office for National Statistics. Around 35,000 households across England and Wales are invited to participate in the survey each year. The sample is designed to be representative of the population living in households in England and Wales. Households are selected using the small users’ Postcode Address File (PAF), which lists all postal delivery points in England and Wales.

Since 2009, the CSEW has included a separate survey to record the experiences of young people aged 10 to 15. A single young person, where applicable, is selected to take part from the households included in the adult survey.

In the year ending March 2014, the survey of young people was extended to include additional questions on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE) on respondent’s experiences of bullying. As bullying is a sensitive topic, and respondents could feel uncomfortable talking about their experiences of bullying to an interviewer, these questions are answered through a self-completion module. Respondents complete them on the interviewer’s tablet by themselves and, when finished, their answers are hidden.