General Article Prejudice-based bullying

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Bullying behaviour may be a result of prejudice that relates to perceived or actual differences. This can lead to prejudice and discriminatory language or behaviour, including racism, sexism, homophobia, biphobia or transphobia.

Respect for All states: 

‘Prejudice-based bullying is when bullying behaviour is motivated by prejudice based on an individual’s actual or perceived identity; it can be based on characteristics unique to a child or young person’s identity or circumstance.’

According to research, anti-bullying work which clearly addresses the particular needs of vulnerable or minority groups is more effective. In order to respond effectively to incidents as they arise, we must also address the root cause of prejudice.

To address the years of unfavourable treatment experienced by some groups, The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against people with a ‘protected characteristic’. These are:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Marriage...

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