An anti-bullying policy should be the net that holds together all of the procedures and practices relating to anti-bullying in your setting.


An organisation cannot be consistent or fair in how it addresses bullying behaviour unless all staff are familiar with, and operate consistently from, the same policy.  At the very heart of this is consultation and everyone responsible for implementation should be involved before any anti-bullying strategy and plan is put into place. A truly inclusive organisational anti-bullying policy is one which consults with, and is co-produced with, the wider community, including parents, carers and children and young people themselves.

This partnership approach ensures that all parties engage with the process and can understand the needs, expectations, concerns and capabilities of each partner, and what they can expect to happen if bullying occurs.

All individual schools, services or clubs should develop policies that reflect Respect for All – The National Approach to Anti-Bullying for Scotland’s Children and Young People and the wider policy context in Scotland.


The National Picture

There are a number of national policies which guide how anti-bullying policies should be developed.

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Principles for policy development

An anti-bullying policy is a clear commitment to develop a respectful, equitable and inclusive culture and ethos.

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