Tackling discriminatory bullying

Authors: Anti-Bullying Alliance and Equality and Human Rights Commission
Category: Bullying

27th November 2017

The Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Anti-Bullying Alliance have worked together to develop some top tips for schools on how to reduce discriminatory bullying.

Research shows that some groups of young people are more likely to experience bullying than others. The Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Anti-Bullying Alliance have worked together to develop some top tips for schools on how to reduce discriminatory bullying.

Each national government has its own legislation, policy and guidance around preventing and tackling bullying, keeping children safe and promoting their wellbeing. In addition, all schools - or education authorities in Scotland - have to show due regard to the public sector equality duty (PSED). This means your school leadership team needs to actively consider this duty when developing your anti-bullying policy and when reviewing evidence of bullying at your school to ensure your efforts to prevent and tackle discriminatory bullying are targeted and effective.

The PSED covers those with 'relevant protected characteristics': age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.