About the Inquiry
Page last updated: 15 November 2017
A Committee examination of various issues relating to the bullying and harassment of children and young people in the school system based on various characteristics, such as gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, faith, race or ethnic background, disability etc. as well as issues around the growing normalisation of sexualised bullying of girls and young women in education.
On 23 November 2017 the Committee formally agreed to refer the findings and recommendations of its inquiry to the Independent Review of Hate Crimes Legislation being undertaken by Lord Bracadale. The Committee also endorsed a draft submission from the Scottish Youth Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee to the Hate Crimes Review. The Committee submitted both its report and the Scottish Youth Parliament’s submission to the Hate Crimes Review as a joint submission.
On 22 May 2018 the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney MSP, wrote to the Committee on a new procedure for monitoring school bullying across Scottish local authority areas. This includes new Supplementary Guidance on the Recording and Monitoring of Bullying Incidents in Schools.
The Parliament debated the findings and recommendations of the Committee's report on Wednesday 15 November 2017. The Official Report Transcript and Video Log of the debate are available to view here-
Chamber Debate 15 November 2017 - Official Report Transcript
Chamber Debate 15 November 2017 - Video Log