FOI Request - Accidents, Incidents & Complaints - Schools

Request 101000353297 

I would like to request data concerning the number of accidents, incidents and complaints received by Moray Council, with regard to safety and supervision of children during the twenty minute period before school starts, in support of a petition to Scottish Parliament to amend legislation regarding early morning supervision of primary school children.

It has come to my attention that many schools, neither meet nor supervise children arriving on school transport before schools open at 08.55am. Some are as young as 4 and can be left unattended for up to 20 minutes, leaving them exposed to many safety risks.

I am aware that current policy is based on The Schools (Safety and Supervision of Pupils) (Scotland) Regulations 1990, which requires Primary schools to supervise pupils at break and lunch times only.

I am interested in statistics concerning incidents that have been reported by school staff / parents / carers of primary school pupils at this time of day, relating to any of the following:

1. Accident / Injury

2. Disappearance (pupil wandering off)

3. Abduction

4. Bullying

5. Fatality

Response 01-07-2015

Moray Council have not received any complaints regarding the safety and supervision of pupils during the 20 minute period prior to school starting over the last 3 years.

We are not aware of any incidents having been reported by school staff / parents / carers of primary school pupils.

Where schools have kept records of incidents, the following statistics have been provided:

These figures cover the last 3 years.

1. Accident / Injury – There have been approximately 90 incidents where pupils have sustained minor injuries (scraped knees/elbows) as a result of slips, trips or falls.

2. 3 incidents where pupils have wandered off school grounds -  2 pupils went to a local shop and the other followed parent home.

3. No abductions.

4. 18 instances of bullying (name calling) have been recorded

5. No fatalities.

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