Highland Council launched the new "Positive Relationships and Bullying Prevention Policy and Guidance" Care and Learning Policy.

The policy is the first to be developed by young people across the Highland from initial consultation to its launch.

The policy was launched yesterday (Thursday 14 June) at the High Life Highland, Highland Youth Parliament (HYP) Annual Conference.

The previous bullying prevention guidance was due for review in 2017.  Following a discussion between Bernadette Cairns (Head of Additional Support Needs) and members of the Misty Isle Youth Forum, where young people identified the previous policy no longer reflected the landscape across Highland schools, it was announced at the HYP conference in June 2017 that the policy would be redeveloped by young people across Highland, launching at the conference in June 2018. During the 2017/2018 academic session, young people from the Misty Isle Youth Forum consulted with young people from across Highland to create the new policy and guidance.

The new guidance is available on www.highland.gov.uk/downloads/file/19358/anti_bullying_-_guidance_for_schools

Above image from left to right: Bernadette Cairns, Head of Additional Support Needs (Highland Council); Elizabeth Blogg, Misty Isle Youth Forum (Portree High School); Julia Coe, Misty Isle Youth Forum (Portree High School); Kirsty Baird, Health Development Officer (Highland Council).