Gender Based Violence in Schools Working Group


The gender based violence working group has been established to develop a national framework to prevent and respond to harmful behaviour and gender based violence in schools. This will be supported by appropriate teaching resources to help school staff deliver confident and meaningful learning to combat sexual harassment and gender-based violence in schools.

As well as the review of existing resources and development of new resources, the group will also seek to identify examples of effective practice.  This work is expected to be completed in 2023.


The working Group will be jointly chaired by the Scottish Government and Zero Tolerance/Rape Crisis Scotland.

Membership will include representation from:

  • Association of Directors of Education Scotland (ADES)
  • Education Scotland
  • Educational Institute Scotland (EIS)
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • National Associations of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT)
  • National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
  • Rape Crisis Scotland (Chair)
  • Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS)
  • Lucy Faithful Foundation Scotland (Stop It Now Scotland)
  • Time for Inclusive Education (TIE)
  • Zero Tolerance (Chair)
  • Women’s Aid Scotland
  • Scottish Government - Child protection
  • Scottish Government – Community Safety Unit (MVP)
  • Scottish Government – Equality in Education (GETEL)
  • Scottish Government - Health and Wellbeing Unit (Chair)
  • Scottish Government – Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG)


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