Prejudice-Based Bullying

Homophobic bullying

Homophobia is a dislike or fear of someone who is lesbian, gay, bisexual or undecided.

Homophobic bullying can affect anyone who is perceived to be gay or whose life choices do not conform to accepted gender norms.

There are many resources and charities that are able to offer resources and training for staff as well as research and reports on the impact of homophobic bullying.

Stonewall in particular have produced informative, recent research into homophobic bullying in schools. Schools should have in place measures to prevent homophobic bullying and include areas on gender stereotypes and diversity in the curriculum.

Safe To Learn – Homophobic Bullying (PDF)

Further information:

Stonewall: School Champions
Stonewall’s new School Champions programme aims to give schools the skills and resources they need to prevent and tackle homophobic bullying. It will also help schools to comply with the Equality Act 2010 and to fulfil the revised Ofsted judgements.

Stonewall: The School Report 2012
Updates study first undertaken in 2007 into the experiences of gay young people in Britain’s schools

See also: Each is the award-winning charity for adults and young people affected by homophobia or transphobia Allsorts is a Brighton based charity supporting young people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or unsure.

Bullying of children with special educational needs or disabilities

Children with special educational needs and disabilities (often referred to as SEND) are particularly vulnerable to bullying behaviour, both as potential targets and perpetrators.

Schools need additional strategies in place to support those children who may need help in recognising and understanding bullying behaviour, and what to do if they are bullied.

The Anti-Bullying Alliance has an excellent SEND Information Hub with a lot of free resources, research and information/advice.

See also:

Safe To Learn – SEN & Disability (PDF)

Racist bullying

The term racist bullying refers to bullying that is perceived to be because of the colour, ethnicity, culture, faith community, national origin or national status of a person.

Racist bullying in schools can range from ill-considered remarks, which are not intended to be hurtful, to deliberate physical attacks causing serious injury.

Racist bullying can be identified by the motivation of the bully, the language used, and/or by the fact that victims are singled out because of the colour of their skin, the way they talk, their ethnic grouping or by their religious or cultural practices. This includes bullying of travellers and their families.

Further information: – This is a website about race, racism and life – as seen through the eyes of the Britkids. the Equality and Human Rights Commission  – The website of Show Racism the Red Card, the campaign that uses top footballers to educate against racism.

Safe To Learn – Race, Religion and Culture (PDF)

Gender-based bullying

Including sexist, transphobic and sexual bullying.

Safe To Learn – Preventing and Responding to Sexist, Sexual and Transphobic Bullying (PDF) – Information for trans people, their families and the professionals who care for them.

Bullying due to appearance – Changing Faces is a UK-based charity giving support and information to people with disfigurements to the face, hands or body, and their families.