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Learning Disability: Intimidation

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps are being taken to prevent bullying among young people with learning difficulties. (146387)

The Department's existing guidance for schools flags up the need to prevent and tackle the bullying of children with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities. We will be strengthening these messages in our revised anti-bullying guidance which we intend to launch in September under the title ‘Safe to Learn: Embedding Anti-Bullying Work in Schools’. We have also announced that we will be producing specialist guidance on how to prevent and tackle the bullying of children with SEN and disabilities. We have begun to meet with interested lobby groups and experts and hope to start work on this guidance very soon, with a view to launching it early next year. We intend to work closely with the Special Educational Consortium and other charities and groups with an interest in this area, drawing on current research. Once completed, this specialist guidance will form part of ‘Safe to Learn’.