Im­por­tant to stop this bul­ly­ing early

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BUL­LY­ING at school, in­clud­ing ho­mo­pho­bic, bi-pho­bic and trans­pho­bic bul­ly­ing, can be hugely harm­ful to young peo­ple’s well­be­ing and mental health.

Young peo­ple who iden­tify as les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual and trans (LGBT) sta­tis­ti­cally ex­pe­ri­ence poor emo­tional and mental well­be­ing, with les­bian, gay and bi­sex­ual young peo­ple twice as likely to make at least one sui­cide at­tempt in their lives com­pared to het­ero­sex­ual young peo­ple.

Nearly half of trans young peo­ple had made at least one sui­cide at­tempt in their lives.

At Barnardo’s we have been work­ing in schools and we know how im­por­tant it is that we tackle bul­ly­ing be­hav­iour early.

That’s why we’re call­ing on the Gov­ern­ment to make sure all chil­dren learn about LGBT re­la­tion­ships as part of the Re­la­tion­ship and Sex

Ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum.

The cur­rent guid­ance refers to dif­fer­ent types of re­la­tion­ship, but our re­search has shown there needs to be ex­plicit ref­er­ence to LGBT re­la­tion­ships in sec­ondary school lessons and same sex re­la­tion­ships in pri­mary school lessons.

It is im­por­tant that young peo­ple, through Re­la­tion­ship and Sex Ed­u­ca­tion, can un­der­stand their rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and the role they can play in pro­mot­ing equal­ity and re­spect for all. STEVE OVERSBY, Di­rec­tor of Barnardo’s East Re­gion

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