Racist violence, harassment and abuse are closely related to, and sometimes difficult to distinguish from, bullying. Racist bullying in schools can range from ill-considered remarks, which are not intended to be hurtful, to deliberate physical attacks causing serious injury.
Racist bullying can be identified by the motivation of the bully, the language used, and/or by the fact that victims are singled out because of the colour of their skin, the way they talk, their ethnic grouping or by their religious or cultural practices.
Is Racist Bullying a Problem in Schools?
Racist bullying in schools can be a problem in two ways:
- Children who experience it have their education disrupted. They may be unable to concentrate on lessons because of feelings of fear or anger. Their self-confidence may be damaged and, as a result, they may never fulfil their potential.
- Schools that ignore it, or deny its existence, give the wrong message to young people. The success of our multi-cultural society depends upon the children of today growing up to be be adults who are prepared to speak out against racism.
Monitoring and Recording
Although schools are no longer required to report racist incidents to their Local Authority, it is recommended that they keep their own records and are familiar with their local hate incident reporting systems. If your child has been the victim of racist or religious bullying or if you become aware of such bullying, report it!
A hate incident is any incident where you or someone else has been targeted because they or you are seen as being different. Anyone can be a victim of hate because of prejudice against their age, disability, gender identity, race, religion/belief or sexual orientation.
- If you attend school in Doncaster, incidents may be reported your CYPO (Children and Young People's Police Officer) or speak to your designated safeguarding lead in school
- If in danger telephone 101 or 999
- Incidents can also be reported on the South Yorkshire Police Hate Crime link
Resources - Racist Bullying
Doncaster Council EMTAS (Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service) can be contacted for any support for young people or Doncaster schools.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tel: 01302 734225
- Throwing Stones - Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council have been working in partnership to create an interactive anti racist bullying resource for schools. 'Throwing Stones' was originally a VHS resource consisting of a short film and resource pack. To bring it up to date, this has now been transformed into a website, making it more easily accessible.