Members of Argyll and Bute Council have endorsed an updated anti-bullying policy for schools and education staff. Promoting respectful relationships between staff, parents and children, it aims to prevent bullying, to stop any bullying as quickly as possible and limit its impact.
The council’s Policy Lead for Education and Lifelong Learning, Councillor Aileen Morton said, “Bullying is unacceptable. It is not an inevitable part of school life and so we are doing all we can to protect children in our schools.
“Importantly, every child should know that if they have worries, they can talk to any adult in their school – whether they are teacher, senior student or parent.
“This updated policy should help everyone understand what bullying is, how it can make us feel and the impact it can have.
“We want our staff to feel confident when dealing with bullying, and will provide training in supporting them to be positive role models. Our aim is to provide an environment which encourages positive relationships and where our children and young people feel safe and cared for.”
Following the council’s endorsement (at their meeting on Thursday 28 November) the policy will be implemented and developed throughout Argyll and Bute’s education service. A further report will come back to the council’s Performance Review and Scrutiny Committee to show that every school has put the policy into action.
The anti-bullying policy fits alongside national legislation, and was developed in consultation with the council’s education service, parents, carers and young people.
Training is being provided to teaching staff by Scotland’s anti-bullying service respectme and will be rolled out across all schools.