Date lodged: 11 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how it tackles bullying that affects LGBTI-identifying young people in education.
Answered by: John Swinney 18 January 2017
The Scottish Government is clear that bullying of any kind is unacceptable and must be addressed swiftly and effectively whenever it arises. It is the responsibility of head teachers, teachers and other school staff and local authorities to decide on the specific actions to do this in schools in consultation with parents and carers and children and young people.
To support schools and all adults working with children and young people; Respect for All, the refreshed national anti-bullying strategy for children and young people, will take a holistic approach to addressing the issue and include an explicit commitment to addressing prejudice-based bullying.
The Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee are currently engaging with stakeholders on this refreshed guidance. I will carefully consider any points raised by the Committee as a result of this and I will look to publish the refreshed guidance in the Spring.