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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-07263: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 16 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what action it is taking to prevent bullying in schools.

Answered by: John Swinney 7 March 2017

The Scottish Government is working on a refreshed national anti-bullying strategy for children and young people. We have engaged with a wide range of stakeholders as part of this process which will take a holistic approach to addressing this issue.

I recently agreed to a request from the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee for further engagement by the Committee on this issue. The Scottish Government will carefully consider the issues raised by the Committee and will publish the refreshed guidance later this year.

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