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S5W-05972: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 5 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what support it provides to (a) local authorities and (b) schools to address violence against teachers and other members of staff.

Answered by: John Swinney 23 January 2017

The Scottish Government takes the issue of violence in schools very seriously.

We recognise that any violence towards staff or pupils is unacceptable and we are working with schools and local authorities to actively tackle serious indiscipline and violence.

The latest Behaviour in Scottish Schools Research did not indicate significant issues with violence in schools and showed that the overwhelming majority of staff found pupils well behaved.

Scottish Government is investing significantly in various violence reduction and preventative approaches, such as Mentors in Violence Prevention and No Knives Better Lives, with children and young people across Scotland as part of a wider strategy to promote positive relationships and behaviour.