Fear of violence driving school absence for a minority of students

Four out of 10 teenagers have been directly affected by violence in the past year, with some staying away from school out of fear.

A stark research report also reveals that a quarter of young people have seen other children carrying or using weapons, while 14% have been actual victims of violence.

The study, which involved 2,025 young people aged 13 to 17 in England and Wales, has been published by the Youth Endowment Fund (YEF).

The YEF defines violence as the “use of force or threat of force against another person or people, for example punching someone, threatening someone with a weapon, or mugging someone”. The definition also includes sexual assault.

The survey findings reveal that 39% of the young people responding have been affected by violence in the last 12 months either as victims or witnesses.

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