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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-11835: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 5 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to tackle bullying in schools, and what guidance it issues to teachers who witness incidents.

Answered by: John Swinney 11 October 2017

Bullying of any kind is entirely unacceptable and must be addressed swiftly and effectively whenever it arises in schools. That’s why it is crucial for all schools and local authorities to have anti-bullying policies in place.

respectme, Scotland’s anti-bullying service is fully funded by the Scottish Government to provide direct support to local authorities, youth groups and all those working with children and young people to build confidence and capacity to address all types of bullying effectively.

The refreshed national anti-bullying guidance will be published in the coming months.