We're committed to addressing all forms of bullying

Bullying is behaviour that can make people feel hurt, threatened, frightened and left out. This can happen face to face and online.

All children and young people have the right to come to school and feel respected, included and safe. Where bullying incidents occur, schools and nurseries will use a respectful approach to effectively resolve the situation.

Forms of bullying

Bullying behaviours can include:

  • being called names
  • being hit, tripped, pushed or kicked
  • having belongings taken or damaged
  • being ignored, left out
  • abusive messages/images on social media

Stirling’s schools and nurseries value cultures where:

  • children’s rights are at the forefront
  • diversity is fostered
  • respectful relationships are developed

Local guidance includes an explicit commitment to addressing all forms of bullying, including those related to factors that are not characteristics under the Equality Act. These include:

  • additional support needs
  • asylum seekers and refugees
  • physical appearance
  • gender identity
  • gypsy travellers
  • care experienced
  • poverty

Anti-bullying policies

All schools and nurseries have their own anti-bullying policies. These endorse the national values and vision and describe how the school or nursery promotes a nurturing culture and ethos where bullying behaviours are not tolerated.

The Scottish Government guidance, Respect for All: national approach to anti-bullying, describes how important respectful, positive relationships are in making sure bullying behaviour cannot thrive.

Visit the Scottish Government website

Stirling’s approach to anti-bullying is in line with the national policy.

More about our approach to Respect for All

respectme is Scotland’s anti-bullying service.

Visit the respectme website https://respectme.org.uk/