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Sars

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance he has issued to schools to ensure children of Chinese origin are not discriminated against, bullied or intimidated as a result of public concern over SARS; and if he will make a statement. [111784]

[holding answer 7 May 2003]: Officials wrote to all schools in England on 14 April drawing their attention to Government advice on SARS

ActSectionOffence
Education Act 1997.40(6)Wilfully to obstruct an inspector conducting an inspection of a LEA
School Standards and FramewordSchedule 26 paragraph 18(4)Wilfully to obstruct an inspector conducting an inspection of a nursery
Act 1998
Learning and Skills Act 200057(6)Wilfully to obstruct any person exercising functions in relation to inspection by the Adult Learning Inspectorate.
63(5)Wilfully to obstruct the Chief Inspector in the exercise of his functions in relation to inspection of further education institutions.
79(5)Wilfully to obstruct the Chief Inspector for Wales in the exercise of his functions in relation to inspection of education and training brought within his remit by Part IV of the Act.
118(7)(a)Wilfully to obstruct a person carrying out or participating in inspection of services to encourage, enable or assist young persons in education or training.
119(4)Disclosure of information supplied for the purpose of provision of services to encourage, enable or assist young persons in education or training.
122Wilfully to obstruct a person carrying out or participating in inspection of careers services.

on the Department of Health (DH) website. Schools are able to inform and reassure their pupils, which should reduce the tendency to victimise all those of Eastern origin. Any bullying or abuse which does take place should be dealt with in line with anti-bullying polices on which we have issued general advice which has recently been the subject of positive evaluation. This advice refers explicitly to racist bullying and schools are required to report all incidents of racist bullying, including name calling, to their LEA. We would expect schools' standard policies to ensure that no child is discriminated against and therefore have not issued any separate guidance to schools.