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Across all sectors, those working with children and young people in East Ayrshire are already aiming to fulfil the Scottish Government and local government commitment to ensuring children and young people become confident individuals and responsible citizens.

It is our aspiration that all those who play a role in the lives of children and young people are enabled to prevent and respond effectively to incidents of bullying behaviour.

Anti-bullying: Respect for All Policy

We created East Ayrshire’s Anti-bullying: Respect for All Policy (PDF 2.07Mb) through a process that involved a small working group reviewing and revising the previous policy, and in consultation with:

Policy purpose

The purpose of this policy is to support the development of respectful relationships within learning settings for children and young people aged 3-18 in East Ayrshire.

In East Ayrshire, learning settings promote respectful relationships approaches, but in line with national guidance the term bullying is used in this policy for incidents where someone is physically, emotionally, mentally or verbally hurt by another individual or group of people.

Policy scope

This policy will apply to all learning settings and to all practitioners within the framework of Curriculum for Excellence. This policy has been informed by the Scottish Government's Respect for All: The National Approach to Anti-bullying for Scotland’s Children and Young People and operates within the context of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

It applies to all incidents of bullying behaviour within the learning setting between learners and also considers the impact of bullying behaviour which is experienced out with the learning setting, as the impact of the behaviour is likely to affect the individual’s motivation towards learning.

The policy falls within Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) processes and sits alongside other East Ayrshire Council policies, in particular:

  • Child protection policy, procedures and guidance
  • Violent incidents in schools policy
  • East Ayrshire's Children’s Service Relationships Framework

Contact Information


Education Service
Council Headquarters
London Road
Telephone (General Enquiries): 07551 280834 or
Telephone (General Enquiries): 07721 857059 or