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High Number Of Pupils Suspended From Dorset Schools


8:55am 31st May 2012

A leading charity wants teachers in Dorset to look out for children who could be experiencing domestic violence.

New figures released by the NSPCC suggest youngsters who witness violence at home growing up are more likely to behave badly at School.

Compared to other Schools in the South West, the number of permanent exclusions in Dorset is low with 10 last year. But pupils being suspended one or more times is high at 1,190.

Research by the child protection charity shows that children who've witnessed violence between their parents or other family members are:

-  three times as likely to take drugs, steal, spray graffiti or bully others than their peers;
-  twice as likely to get drunk, smoke or get into fights than their peers
-  five times more likely to run away from home as their peers; and
-  four times as likely to carry a weapon, such as a knife, or hurt someone badly than their peers.

Simply witnessing violence can cause trauma and distress to children that is so severe it can have a massive impact on their well-being and ultimately their behaviour.

Head of the NSPCC South West Sharon Copsey says domestic violence can really affect youngsters.


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