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Dealing with racist bullying

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Racist bullying in school has taken on a whole new connotation in recent years. Schools in Britain today are a vibrant mix of different religions, races, colours and creeds, all of which should be equally respected. Bullying of any kind has no place in school and racist bullying is a crime and can be dealt with as such. Schools have a serious responsibility to ensure our children are protected when at school, both from physical, verbal and emotional harm so if you think your child is being bullied because of their colour, race or religion, then there are clear guidelines to ensure it is stopped.

Racism in all forms

Racism can take place in various ways; you don’t have to have a different skin colour to be the victim of racist abuse. It may be that a child from England moved to Scotland and is then bullied because of their nationality or an Irish child in an English school might be bullied and if the bullying is a result of their nationality, then that is racist bullying. Likewise, children with the same colour skin and nationality may be bullied for religious reasons. A Pakistani child who is a Sikh may be the victim of racist bullying from a Pakistani child that is Muslim. Any bullying based on the colour of your skin, race or religious beliefs is racist and should be dealt with appropriately.dealing with racist bullying

Address the issue immediately

As with any form of bullying, racist bullying can occur in the form of physical violence, name calling, social exclusion or cyber abuse. If your child is being racially abused then speak to school straight away.  They should have an anti-bullying policy that specifically covers racist bullying and they should work with you to stop the bullying as soon as possible. The Race Relations Act is in place to cover people from all backgrounds and it applies to all schools and colleges in the UK, whether they are government funded or private. Racist bullying is the only form of bullying which schools must record and these records will be used to help work with parents, the local community and the police.

Police can get involved

If you don’t feel that school are dealing with the situation appropriately, then you can then make a complaint to the police. Most forces will have a liaison officer who will speak to school and the perpetrator in the first instance. The police have to deal with racist incidents separately and schools should make it a priority to be aware of any racial tensions in the community which may then spill over into schools. They should work with the local police and other organisations to be prepared to deal with the fall out of any issues outside school.

Record the bullying

Get your child to record all incidents of the bullying so they can build up a clear picture of how they’re being racially bullied and so there is good evidence for the police and school to work with. You might want to help your child become more assertive, make sure as a parent they know they have a right to be treated equally by all and give them confidence in themselves to stand up to racist abuse.dealing with racist bullying, child playing with abacus

If the bullying doesn’t stop or becomes increasingly more serious, you should speak to the police further, asking them for details of their ‘hate crime’ unit and report the incidents to them to deal with further. Racist bullying must be reported to the school or the police in order for them to get a more accurate picture of the amount of children being racially bullied and in turn, find newer and better ways of dealing with the issue.





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About Rebecca Robinson

After spending the last 8 years juggling life as a mum of two, wife and working full time as a Project Manager for a global telecommunications company, Rebecca Robinson made the decision to follow her love of writing and took the plunge; turning her passion into a full time career. Since becoming a full time writer, Rebecca has worked with various media and copy-writing companies and with the ability to make any topic relevant and interesting to the reader, now contributes to The Working Parent on articles ranging from credit cards to teenage relationships. Ever the optimist, Rebecca's dreams for the future include a house in the country filled with children, dogs and horses in the field!

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