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Tuesday November 04, 2014

New Driver Survey Launched to Explore Issue of Bullying on Dedicated School Buses

Campaigning father Paul Vodden has launched a new survey to gain insights from school bus and coach drivers, on the problem of bullying on dedicated school buses. Paul has campaigned tirelessly on this issue following the tragic suicide of his son Ben in 2006, as a result of the repeated bullying he experienced on the school bus. Paul remains determined to raise greater awareness and has called for a more robust system to safeguard children on their journeys to and from school.

Paul is aware that many bus drivers have concerns about driving buses/coaches with unsupervised school children on board.  In particular, their concerns that they receive no training or support on how to deal with any confrontation or bullying that might take place. 

Paul is keen to hear from dedicated school bus drivers about this issue. With support from anti-bullying charity The Diana Award, he has developed a confidential online survey for school bus/coach drivers.  The data gathered will be used to support a wider campaign for extra supervision on school transport. Please do share your views and take part in the survey here: