UNISON Highland Branch represents Highland Council Staff, Further Education Support Staff, Highlife Highland, Bear Scotland and Community and Voluntary Organisations in and around Highlands and Islands. We negotiate with employers on pay, terms and conditions, and assist members with work issues including grievances and disciplinary, bullying, and health and safety matters.
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TIME EMBARGO:For immediate release
UNISON HIGHLAND SCHOOL STAFF SURVEY
88% of Highland Council school support staff have suffered violence or aggression, claims UNISON. Following concerns raised by members UNISON, the school support staff trade union, surveyed its members working in schools and nurseries.UNISON found that violence and abuse from children with Additonal Support Needs was widespread in Council schools. Examples given of such abuse were “A girl threatened to put a pencil through my eye. Punched me, kicked me and threw items of the classroom around.” and "He picked up a pair of scissors, opened them and held the blade at the side of my neck/beneath ear....then the threats began. “
Furthermore UNISON found that 63% of staff felt that the schools were using its inclusion policy, that is the presumption that ASN should be schooled in ‘mainstream’ schools, as an excuse for not doing anything. UNISON is concerned that such abuse has become ‘seen as being part of the job’. UNISON has shared its findings with the Council and met with them to address these concerns.
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See the attached document for fuller results of the survey.
UNISON Highland, 53 Shore Street, Inverness, IV1 1NF
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