Anti-homophobic bullying in schools

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3418
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Do you have plans to be involved in any further anti-homophobic bullying in schools initiatives?

Answer

Answer for Anti-homophobic bullying in schools

Answer for Anti-homophobic bullying in schools

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Whilst I do not currently have plans to be involved in any specific anti-homophobic bullying in schools initiatives, Project Titan and all Time for Action initiatives are strongly committed to promoting equalities, reducing anti-social behaviour (including bullying) and supporting young people in need. I would strongly encourage all schools to make sure they have adequate policies in place and deal with problems efficiently and effectively.

A 2007 Stonewall survey discovered that 51% of schools reported one or more incidents of homophobic bullying having occurred in the previous term. The Government has made tackling bullying in schools (including homophobic bullying) a key priority and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) has made it clear that no form of bullying should be tolerated. Bullying in our schools should be taken very seriously; it is not a normal part of growing up and it can ruin lives.