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S5W-09483: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 25 May 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what advice it provides for teachers and support staff on how best to address racist bullying and incidents in schools.

Answered by: John Swinney 6 June 2017

All schools and local authorities should have anti-bullying policies in place. The Scottish Government "National Approach to Anti-Bullying", which is currently being refreshed, identifies that recording and monitoring bullying incidents is essential and is best carried out locally where information can be understood and acted upon. The refreshed guidance will be published later this year.

Bullying of any kind is unacceptable and must be addressed whenever and wherever it arises. We want all children and young people to learn tolerance, respect, equality and good citizenship to address and prevent prejudice. That is why the Scottish Government established Scotland’s Anti-bullying Service “respectme” to work with schools, communities and other organisations to build confidence and capacity to address bullying effectively.