The term hate bullying refers to a range of hurtful behaviour, both physical and psychological, that makes a person feel unwelcome, side-lined, excluded, powerless or worthless because of their race, religion, disability or sexuality.
The law recognises the seriousness of abuse and attacks that are motivated by prejudice.
Schools, like all public bodies, have a duty in law to promote equality.
Creating an ethos where racist, religious, disability and homophobic bullying rarely happens, and is dealt with convincingly when it does, is one way in which schools fulfil that duty.
Hate bullying and the law
Some aspects of bullying constitute criminal offences, for which the offender can be cautioned, fined, sentenced to a community order or prison. These can include physical assaults and harassment.
Listed below are support agencies aimed at hate bullying.
Bullying UK (opens in new window)
Tel: 0808 8002222
Centre for Youth and Community Development (CYCD) (opens in new window)
Tel: 01582 519500
CyberSmile Foundation (opens in new window)
Tel: 0800 7831113