What is bullying?
"Bullying is both behaviour and impact; the impact is on a person's capacity to feel in control of themselves. This is what we term as their sense of 'agency'. Bullying takes place in the context of relationships; it is behaviour that can make people feel hurt, threatened, frightened and left out. This behaviour happens face to face and online". Respect for All 2015
All children and young people have the right to come to school and feel respected, included and safe.
Bullying behaviour and promoting positive relationships is taken very seriously by all nurseries, primary schools and secondary schools. All establishments have a policy in place to describe how they promote an inclusive culture and to set out how bullying incidents and restoring relationships are approached.
Children and young people often use Stirling Council services outside of school (clubs, libraries etc), therefore “Stirling’s Approach to Respect for All: Preventing and Challenging Bullying Behaviour provides guidance for all Stirling Council services who have contact with children and young people.
The Scottish Government guidance, Respect for All, describes out how important respectful, positive relationships are in making sure bullying behaviour cannot thrive.