Racist bullying is any bullying behaviour where someone feels they are targeted for their race/ it is perceived as racist by the target. It may include comments and name-calling but is can also include physical abuse, manipulation, coercion, or social exclusion.
Racist bullying can happen face to face and/or online. Children can experience racist bullying from other children and/or from adults. While schools must take action to prevent all forms of bullying behaviour, children with protected characteristics (which includes race and faith) have additional protections under the Equality Act 2010.
What to do if your child experiences racist bullying
The school has a legal duty to prevent all forms of bullying, and under the Equality Act 2010 must prevent all forms of racial harassment. For more information see ‘Help with Bullying in School’. In some instances, the bullying behaviour may also constitute a hate crime and can be reported to the police. For more information visit the True Vision website for advice and details on how to identify a report a hate crime.
The majority of social media platforms have an acceptable use policy, and you can report racist incidents. If the perpetrators are from your child’s school, the school should take action to address their behaviour. In some instances, the bullying behaviour, whether face to face and/or online, may also constitute a hate crime and can be reported to the police. For more information visit the True Vision website for advice and details on how to identify a report a hate crime.
In the community
The local authority has a duty to keep your child safe from harm. If you are worried about the safety of your child, contact your local children’s services team. In some instances, the bullying behaviour may also constitute a hate crime and can be reported to the police. For more information visit the True Vision website for advice and details on how to identify a report a hate crime.
Talking to children about race and racism
We have a huge role to play in educating and challenging our children to be inclusive of others and to embrace difference. When they are young this includes making sure that the books and magazines they read, the films and television they watch, and the toys that they play with are inclusive and represent different types of families. As they grow older it’s important, we challenge any discriminatory attitudes and encourage our children to listen and learn from others. It’s also important that we start by educating ourselves, that we understand the history of our country and other countries, and that we connect with people from a range of different backgrounds, listening, learning, and growing as allies.
Additional information and support
Choose inclusive books with a range of skin and hair colours and from a variety of backgrounds.
Books that promote inclusion