Burnley children most at risk of being bullied

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CHILDREN in Burnley are more at risk of bullying than elsewhere in Lancashire and around 3,700 youngsters per year are living with domestic violence.

The figures, taken from the report A Profile of Outcomes for Children and Young People in Burnley, prepared for Lancashire County Council, also reveal 69 Burnley children were killed or seriously injured in road traffic accidents between 2004 and 2008 out of a county total of 628.

The report highlighted that performance on a number of measures relating to children in need and children looked after is generally better than the county average and the number of young victims of crime and disorder has improved.

In the year ending March 2009, 548 Burnley children identified as being in need were referred for initial assessment by social services. This compared to 520 in Pendle and 973 in Hyndburn.

Out of the 548 in Burnley referred for initial assessment, 115 were referred for further core assessment.

It is estimated that there are around 3,700 children living with domestic violence in Burnley in any given year, putting them at risk of behavioural, emotional, physical, cognitive functioning, attitude and long-term developmental problems.

The number of young victims of crime has steadily reduced. The figure was 3,282 between April 2006 to March 2007 but by April 2008 to March 2009, this had reduced to 2,588.

However, this number remains the highest in Lancashire.

Across Lancashire there are more than 1,250 looked after children, with 149 in Burnley.

The report noted that placement stability rates and the adoption rate were better than the county average in Burnley in 2008-2009.

The report revealed bullying rates in primary and secondary schools appeared to be worse in Burnley than across the county as a whole. The statistics, taken from the 2007 Pupil Attitude Survey, show 81.7% of Burnley primary schoolchildren and 87% of those at secondary school said they were hardly or never bullied in school.