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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16488: Linda Fabiani (East Kilbride)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 8 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how it defines prejudice-based bullying in its work to tackle bullying in schools.

Answered by: John Swinney 21 May 2018

We published ‘Respect for all : The National Approach to Anti-Bullying for Scotland’s Children and Young People’ in November 2017 which includes a definition of prejudice-based bullying.

Prejudice-based bullying is when bullying behaviour is motivated by prejudice based on an individual’s actual or perceived identify; it can be based on a characteristics unique to a child’s or young person’s identify or circumstance.

Bullying behaviour may be a result of prejudice that relates to perceived or actual differences. This can lead to behaviour and language that could manifest into racism, sexism, homophobia, biphopia or transphobia or prejudice and discrimination towards disability or faith.