Pupils across Moray’s schools are to be asked to take part in a survey to establish the prevalence of bullying in the classroom and in the playground.
The online survey is the first stage of a wider ranging consultation on bullying which will involve teachers, parents and community workers.
The aim is to prepare an anti-bullying policy covering all of Moray’s 46 primary schools and eight secondaries.
Already a new policy has been adopted on protecting vulnerable adults from bullying and harassment and work is ongoing to tackle bullying with the Moray Council workforce.
The pupil survey is aimed at pupils from P4 up to S6 and will be available online from Monday, August 24 until Friday, September 25. It takes only a few minutes to complete and pupils are not required to give their name or the name of their school.
Moray Council’s acting head of schools and curriculum development, Vivienne Cross, said: “In accordance with the national approach to anti-bullying for Scotland’s children and young people, the consultation will start with a survey among all pupils in Moray.
“The aim of the survey is to establish a baseline for measuring how effective a new anti-bullying policy would be and to inform the wider consultation.”
Schools are being asked to give support to pupils who may require help in completing the survey questionnaire.
Once the survey results are analysed a series of focus groups will be set up as part of the wider consultation, with a draft anti-bullying policy being produced early next year.
It is anticipated that the final version of the policy will be presented to the council’s children and young people’s services committee for approval in April.
Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 92,500 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.
Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.
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