In Scotland, bullying is defined as:
Bullying can include verbal, physical and online abuse. Children or adults could experience the following:
- Physical assault such as hitting or kicking
- Name calling
- Abusive messages online
- Being left out
Bullying is not acceptable and the Church of Scotland is committed to listening, providing support and taking appropriate action.
If you suspect or witness bullying, or it is reported to you, you must immediately report it to your Safeguarding Coordinator or line manager.
If you are a Safeguarding Coordinator, and bullying has been reported to you, contact the Safeguarding Service for advice.
If harm or abuse has happened, a crime has occurred or the person is in immediate danger, police or social work can be contacted first, and the Safeguarding Service after.