Last Updated: Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Respect for All - The National Approach to Anti-Bullying for Scotland's Children and Young People

What is this?

​Respect for All provides a holistic framework for adults working with children and young people to address all aspects of bullying. It aims to ensure that all sectors and communities, at a national and local level, are consistently and coherently contributing to a holistic approach to anti-bullying, regardless of the type of bullying. This includes an explicit commitment to addressing prejudice-based bullying. Respect for All describes how we define bullying and how we approach effective anti-bullying work.

Who is this for?

​This is for all adults who work with children and will also be of interest to parents.

How to use this exemplar to improve practice

It is expected that local authorities and organisations will develop their own anti-bullying policy and guidance, within the wider context of relationships and behaviour, based on Respect for All.

It is expected that all individual schools, services or clubs should develop policies that reflect their organisational policy in consultation with children, young people, parent(s), teachers and coaches. The document supports adults working with children and young people to develop environments where bullying cannot thrive.

Improvement questions

  • How well do we ensure that all children feel safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible and included?
  • To what extent does our establishment have a range of strategies to prevent and respond to bullying?
  • Does our current anti-bullying policy reflect the new national approach?


Respect for All: The National Approach to Anti-Bullying for Scotland's Children and Young People

Explore this resource

In this document the National Approach to Anti-bullying is explored.

In Section 1 the purpose, vision, and principles of the national approach are detailed. This is followed by a definition of what is and what is not bullying.

In Section 2 guidelines for implementation are described. This includes guidelines for policy development and content and approaches to preventing and responding to bullying. Recording and monitoring of bullying incidents is explored.

In Section 3 appendices describe the policy landscape, the legal framework and prejudice-based bullying.