LGBT People: Bullying

Women and Equalities written question – answered at on 12 December 2016.

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Photo of Stuart Andrew Stuart Andrew Conservative, Pudsey

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent steps the Government has taken to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

We want to ensure that all schools are safe, inclusive environments where pupils are able to learn and fulfil their potential. The Government expects schools to take a strong stand against all forms of bullying and cyberbullying.

This is why we recently announced a three year, £2.8 million, programme to prevent and address homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/thousands-more-children-to-benefit-from-anti-bullying-app).

We have also published new cyberbullying guidance (http://www.childnet.com/resources/cyberbullying-guidance-for-schools) and an online safety toolkit for schools to help provide advice on understanding, preventing and responding to cyberbullying (http://www.childnet.com/resources/pshetoolkit).

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