Minister commits to ‘Sustained work’ to tackle homophobic bullying 

Stonewall Cymru today welcomed the commitment of Welsh Government Education Minister, Leighton Andrews to sustained work over a period of time to tackle homophobic bullying. 

In response to a question from Christine Chapman AM, the Minister highlighted the work of Stonewall Cymru and its efforts to reduce incidence of homophobic bullying which affects over 98% of young people in schools and is responsible for lower educational attainment levels, low self-esteem, truancy and higher incidence of mental health problems.

Research carried out by Stonewall found that 98% of young people hear homophobic remarks in their school and of those that are bullied, 92% have experienced verbal homophobic bullying, 41% physical bullying and 17% death threats. 
Andrew White, Director of Stonewall Cymru said:-


“Bullying is a real problem for a huge number of our young people.  Our research shows just how much is still to be done in our schools to demonstrate to all pupils that homophobic bullying is unacceptable.  We very much welcome the Minister’s commitment to show strong and clear leadership in this matter”.


“We’re delighted at the commitment to teacher and governor training, to the development of comprehensive guidance on all forms of bullying including homophobia, and most of all to zero tolerance of homophobic bullying”


“The Minister has stated his desire to see a culture of ambition and of great expectations in Welsh schools.  We believe that this will be helped when young people perform better because they can be themselves without fear of bullying or harassment on the grounds of their sexuality”

13/07/2011

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1. Stonewall Cymru is the all Wales lesbian, gay and bisexual equality charity founded in 2003. www.stonewallcymru.org.uk

2. SCHOOLS REPORT & TEACHERS REPORT

For more information contact: Andrew White, Director Stonewall Cymru on 02920 237744 or email andrew.white@stonewallcymru.org.uk 

 


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