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Equalities Minister Jo Swinson launches funding initiative to understand anti-LGBT bullying in schools

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  1. Beelzeebub 21 Nov 2013, 1:24pm

    A good start would be to target the churches where most of the kids parents learn there homophobia.

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 21 Nov 2013, 2:11pm

    And ex-gay therapies are another form of bullying vulnerable gay people into making them believe they can become straight. It was absolutely appalling that the government won’t be banning it as of yesterday.

  3. Staircase2 21 Nov 2013, 4:04pm

    Good to see the government appearing to get something right
    Most welcome!

  4. Jan Bridget 21 Nov 2013, 5:08pm

    Current policies are not working; one-off campaigns might help to reduce bullying but a robust system is needed with clear step by step procedures that apply to all schools.

    Why not utilise the hate crime reporting system: use the same procedures and reporting centres already in place but with a specific bullying report book. This would apply to ALL schools. It could look something like this:

    1. Report incident to hate crime reporting centre (of which there are usually many).
    2. Copies go to head teacher, local police, Ofsted, copy for reporting centre, copy for person making complaint.
    3. Police investigate, if appropriate action has not been taken by head and bullying stopped, police take appropriate action.
    4. If problem persists, put in bullying hate report every time something happens, priority is/should be given to repeat incidents.

    1. Jan Bridget 21 Nov 2013, 5:09pm

      Many of bullying incidents are hate crimes anyway but are not being dealt with as such because they are happening in school (or on the way to/from school).

      There are several advantages of this, for one it would be fairly cheap, simply the cost of new Hate Bullying Report books and a publicity campaign; it would be utilising systems already set up, tried and tested; it would be helping to reduce hate crimes up stream ie it is possible that if bullying behaviour is stopped in school, perpetrators will be less likely to do it later in life; if heads are already tackling bullying problems within their schools they will have nothing to fear from this system; it is an outside way of making schools accountable; a third party can report it, anonymously if needed, thus anyone who may be frightened of repercussions would be safeguarded, this could be a teacher, school nurse, parent, another pupil, young person themselves; a youth worker; Ofsted would have evidence for further action.

  5. If children are taught kindness and tolerance as young as possible, it would be helpful in trying help combat bullying.
    The song “Be a Buddy, not a Bully” can be heard on YouTube:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or7WPUtUnRo

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