Young hurt by family violence

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SCHOOLS in Sunderland are being urged to be vigilant in looking out for pupils experiencing domestic violence.

The NSPCC said new figures showed children who witness family violence while growing up are twice as likely to be excluded from school.

Research by the charity shows such children are three times as likely to take drugs, steal, spray graffiti or bully others than their peers and twice as likely to get drunk, smoke or get into fights.

They are also five times more likely to run away from home and four times as likely to carry a weapon, such as a knife, or hurt someone badly.

Liz Benson, head of NSPCC services in the North East and Cumbria, said: “According to the latest yearly Department of Education figures, 30 children in Sunderland were permanently excluded from school and 1,060 were suspended one or more times.

“Some will be experiencing domestic violence at home.

“Whilst this is not a determining factor, and does not in any way provide an excuse for poor behaviour, our research shows strong new evidence of a correlation.

“Teachers, or any adults, who are worried about a child, but unsure whether to report their concerns can also turn to the NSPCC for help and advice on 0808 800 5000, email help@nspcc.org.uk, or text 88858.”