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Cyberbullying Oral Question, 10/05/12 [S]

During Question Time on 10 May 2012 Kezia Dugdale (Lab) asked the Scottish Executive how it ensures that cyberbullying incidents are recorded accurately.

The Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill, replied that the aim of the Scottish crime recording standard, which was introduced throughout Scotland in April 2004, was to provide a more victim-orientated approach to the recording of crime and ensure uniformity in crime recording practices across police forces. Responsibility for ensuring compliance with the standard lies with individual chief constables.

As  noted in a reply to a previous question,“cyberbullying is not a specific offence in itself ... and may not be identifiable separately” in the annual “Recorded Crime in Scotland” bulletin.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 10 May 2012 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 10 May 2012