Lancashire County council pays £28,000 to victims of bullying

THE county council has paid out more than £28,000 to four pupils in claims of assaults by bullies.

One involved £9,000 for facial injuries, another £8,800 for a broken arm and a third £11,000 for crushed hand.

Cabinet member for schools Susie Charles said: “We take bullying very seriously and the county council works closely with schools to help them both prevent and deal with it.

“Thankfully, incidents in which pupils are injured by other pupils are few and far between, but in a county with over 630 schools and about 190,000 school-age children, it is inevitable that there will be some incidents.

“When the county council receives a claim for compensation it has to make a decision regarding its liability, and defend or settle the case as appropriate. This may lead to a compensation payment being made.”

Blackburn with Darwen council has made no payouts for bullying injuries in recent years and has none pending.

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9:33am Wed 10 Oct 12

DirtyHarry says...

In the examples provided people have sustained injuries as a result of being assaulted. Don't we have the criminal injuries compensation board that pays out for those? Why does it have to be the council ?

It seems to me that people will look down any avenue they can these days to find somebody to blame and recompense. I'm surprised people aren't asking the council for their money back because they've bee miss sold PPI.
In the examples provided people have sustained injuries as a result of being assaulted. Don't we have the criminal injuries compensation board that pays out for those? Why does it have to be the council ? It seems to me that people will look down any avenue they can these days to find somebody to blame and recompense. I'm surprised people aren't asking the council for their money back because they've bee miss sold PPI. DirtyHarry

12:11pm Wed 10 Oct 12

kate11 says...

What about the council looking at how many of their headteachers bully their staff in the local schools! They know who they are and do nothing about it! Or are they frightened they will have to pay out large sums for Constructive dismissal to the teachers who are forced to resign because of this bullying!
What about the council looking at how many of their headteachers bully their staff in the local schools! They know who they are and do nothing about it! Or are they frightened they will have to pay out large sums for Constructive dismissal to the teachers who are forced to resign because of this bullying! kate11

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