Date lodged: 18 May 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reports of children being bullied by instructors in the Combined Cadet Forces (CCF), what information it has on any Scottish schools reporting bullying to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in (a) the CCF and (b) Linked Detachment Groups; how many incidences of bullying in Scotland have been reported to the MoD; what the MoD's policy is on bullying in the CCF and Linked Detachment Groups, and what information it has on whether parents and children are made aware of the MoD's bullying policy.
Answered by: John Swinney 5 June 2017
The Scottish Government has no information on Scottish schools reporting bullying to the MoD in the CCF or Linked Detachment Groups. Matters relating to defence are reserved to the UK Parliament. We would expect any instance of bullying in a Scottish school to be addressed appropriately and handled according to the school’s and local authority’s policy and procedures relating to bullying. All Cadet staff in Scotland are required to be members of the PVG scheme run by Disclosure Scotland. The Army Cadets, Sea Cadets and Air Training Corps all have safeguarding and/or child protection policies which are available to view online.