Advice on dealing with racist bullying

Britain is a multi-racial and multi-faith country and everyone has the right to have their culture and religion respected by others. Nobody has the right to call you names or to treat you badly because of your colour, race, religion or ethnic background. It's illegal and it can be stopped. 


What schools have to do about racist bullying

The Race Relations Act 1976 states that schools and governing bodies have a duty to ensure that students do not face any form of racial discrimination, including attacks and harassment. Read more about anti-bullying policies for schools. 

Racism means you are subjected to abuse and harassment because of your race, colour or beliefs,  or ethnic background. Bullying UK, part of Family Lives, receives many complaints about racist bullying. If you are being bullied in this way you must tell your parents and ask them to write to your head teacher about it. Keep a diary of who says and does what because that will help the school to see where the bullying is taking place.

The complaints we've had include a girl aged six being told by a classmate that she cannot take the school mouse home because he doesn't like people with 'brown faces', to more serious incidents involving teenage gangs and weapons, one of which meant a boy was too frightened to return to school.

These complaints have come from all parts of the UK and are not confined to any particular area. Your parents need to make a complaint to the police if the school doesn't act to sort out racial bullying.

How we can help you

If you would like support and advice, you can talk to one of our Family Support Workers by calling our confidential helpline on 0808 800 2222. You can also share experiences and advice with other parents on our Forums. Family Lives is here for you and you can contact us about any family issue, big or small.

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