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Homophobia: Minority Groups

Question for Department for Education

UIN 226624, tabled on 27 February 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to tackle homophobic bullying within ethnic minority communities.

Answered on

8 March 2019

Intolerance and bullying has no place in our society and no one should live in fear of bullying on the basis of their sexuality.

As part of our commitments in the government’s Hate Crime Action Plan and Integrated Communities Action Plan, the department is taking forward a number of measures to help the sector prevent and tackle prejudice and bullying, and promote tolerance. This includes continuing to support schools in their requirement to promote our shared values of democracy, individual liberty, the rule of law and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs.

All schools must have a behaviour policy that includes measures to prevent bullying, and all schools must comply with the requirements of the Equality Act. The department recently published the Respectful Schools Communities toolkit; a self-review and signposting tool to support schools to develop a whole-school approach which promotes respect and discipline. In addition to this, the department is providing over £2.8 million of funding, between September 2016 and March 2020, to 4 anti-bullying organisations to support schools to tackle bullying. This includes projects targeting bullying of particular groups, such as those who are victims of hate related bullying, along with a project to report bullying online.