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S5W-16519: Gillian Martin (Aberdeenshire East)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 8 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, in order to help tackle stigma, whether it will issue guidelines to schools, colleges and universities regarding providing access to free sanitary products in a discreet manner.

Answered by: Angela Constance 16 May 2018

In partnership with key stakeholders including COSLA, Universities Scotland, Colleges Scotland and the National Union of Students, we have developed a set of guiding principles to underpin delivery of our commitment to provide access to free sanitary products in schools, colleges and universities. These have been shared widely across the education sector via the key stakeholders.

The principles include protecting students’ dignity; giving them choice about the products they want to use; and ensuring sanitary products are easily accessible to meet individual needs. The principles also require that education establishments undertake awareness raising and education to both promote the provision and to change cultural norms.