Anti-bullying measures are in place across Bucks schools, council chiefs have insisted – after an increase in violent crime was blamed by police on school bullying.

Last month chief constable of Thames Valley Police, Francis Habgood, told Bucks County Council violent crime is on the rise nationally, however said it was down to changes in the way “low level offences” such as bullying is recorded.

Bucks County Council (BCC) said there is currently “no obligation” for police to share bullying data, so is not aware of how many incidents there have been across Bucks schools.

However it added a number of measures are in place to prevent bullying, including organising conferences for schools on how to tackle the issue.

The council also has a lead public health officer who works with schools on personal, social, health and economic education – such as sex and relationships and bullying.

Communications officer at BCC, Jayne Coulter, said: “Schools also have duties with regard the Equalities Act 2010 and must show due regard to eliminating discrimination, promoting equality of opportunity and fostering good relations.

“Governing bodies have a duty to promote community cohesion and promote fundamental British Values all of this contribute to the work schools have an obligation and a moral  duty to deliver to their pupils and students which would, if done effectively contribute to a harmonious school community where bullying incidents are few and far between.”

Chief cons Habgood told  the council that police do not plan to start arresting pupils because of potential bullying offences, as schools are “much better equipped” to deal with the issue.

Ms Coulter added: “Schools have a responsibility to ensure they are safeguarding all children and young people in their care.

“This duty includes safeguarding against bullying. Through their anti bullying policy schools will set out their values and actions to tackle bullying and this will form part of a schools development plan.”