FOI Request Incidents of Racism in Schools

Request 101001656553

Please send me:

• The number of racist incidents recorded in your local authority for the past 5 years for (a) primary and  (b) secondary school.
• Any information on programs, already implemented or planned, to prevent racist incidents in your local authority in your local authority for the past 5 years for (a) primary and  (b) secondary school .
• An explanation of the procedure for dealing with racist incidents in your local authority, please give examples without student details if possible.
• What sources are available for students who suffer from racist incidents in your local authority for the past 5 years for (a) primary and  (b) secondary school.
• A record of incidents that had previous warning signs that were not addressed in the past 5 years in your local authority . For example, how many students reported concerns before the incident took place, and what was done about those concerns when they were initially reported for the past 5 years for (a) primary and  (b) secondary school.  

Response 04-12-2017

Number of racist incidents:

17/18: primary:2

Secondary: 8

16/17:primary: 3

Secondary: 9

15/16: primary: 5

Secondary: 13

14/15:primary: 6

Secondary: 10

13/14:primary: 3

Secondary: 5

12/13:primary: 0

Secondary:  4

Programmes planned or implemented:

Leadership training on Equal Opportunities for Deputes and Head Teachers takes place every year for last 3 years. This includes guidance on how to deal with racist and other incidents.

Community Safety Hub meets weekly to identify and deal with incidents that have been reported. This ensures that repeat incidents can be identified and that risks of escalating incidents can be dealt with. The Hub includes officers from Police Scotland, Housing, Social Work, Integrated Children Services, Anti-Social Behaviour Unit.

A corporate policy on dealing with bullying behaviour is being drafted.

Teachers from various schools have attended "Train the Trainer events" organised by Stonewall Scotland. Although these are aimed at the LGBT community, the skills are transferrable to other protected characteristics.

Promotion of annual Anne Frank Awards.

Rights Respecting Schools programme is taken up by all 8 secondary schools and 39 primary schools in Moray.

Procedures for dealing with incidents

Any incident identified as racist by the victim or a witness must be reported. Schools are asked to give details of the people involved, time and location, a description of what happened, what actions were taken and any further actions needed. In the first instance, contacts are made with the parents of all involved. If any of the parties involved wish to do so we will call a case conference, led by the Grampian Regional Equalities Council (GREC). Counselling can be offered through the Me-time programme run by GREC or through involvement of the Moray Council's Children Wellbeing Officers. If needed, support can be accessed through the Moray Council's Educational Psychologists.

Further action can involve referral to Police Scotland, Youth Justice or area housing officers.

Examples cannot be given without the risk of people being identified therefore this information is exempt under Section 38(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - Personal Information. 

Sources available for students who have suffered from racial incidents:

Counselling can be offered through the Me-time programme run by GREC or through involvement of the Moray Council's Children Wellbeing Officers. If needed, support can be accessed through the Moray Council's Educational Psychologists.

Incidents where previous warning signs have been ignored:

There are no such incidents on our records.

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