Teach about relationships
Bullying at school, including homophobic, bi-phobic and transphobic bullying, can be hugely harmful to young people.
Young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) experience poor emotional and mental wellbeing and are twice as likely to make at least one suicide attempt compared to heterosexual young people. Nearly half of trans young people had made at least one suicide attempt.
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 guidance refers to different types of relationship, but research shows there needs to be explicit reference to LGBT relationships in secondary school and same sex relationships in primary.
It is important that young people can understand their rights and responsibilities and the role they can play in promoting equality and respect for all.
Director of Barnardo’s East Region