What is Racist Bullying?

Racist violence, harassment and abuse are closely related to, and sometimes difficult to distinguish from, bullying. Racist bullying in schools can range from ill-considered remarks, which are not intended to be hurtful, to deliberate physical attacks causing serious injury. Racist bullying can be identified by the motivation of the bully, the language used, and/or by the fact that victims are singled out because of the colour of their skin, the way they talk, their ethnic grouping or by their religious or cultural practices.

Is Racist Bullying a Problem in Schools?

Racist bullying in schools can be a problem in two ways:

  1. Children who experience it have their education disrupted. They may be unable to concentrate on lessons because of feelings of fear or anger. Their self-confidence may be damaged and, as a result, they may never fulfil their potential.
  2. Schools that ignore it, or deny its existence, give the wrong message to young people. The success of our multi-cultural society depends upon the children of today growing up to be be adults who are prepared to speak out against racism.

Monitoring and Recording

Although schools are no longer required to report racist incidents to their Local Authority, it is recommended that they keep their own records and are familiar with their local hate incident reporting systems.

If your child has been the victim of racist or religious bullying or if you become aware of such bullying, report it!

Hate Incidents

A hate incident is any incident where you or someone else has been targeted because they or you are seen as being different. Anyone can be a victim of hate because of prejudice against their age, disability, gender identity, race, religion/belief or sexual orientation.

If you live in the County, incidents may be reported to Leicestershire County Council's Hate Monitoring Project by telephone on 0116 3058263.

If you live within Leicester City you can receive advice from and report incidents to the Race Equality Centre on 0116 2999800.

Hate Incidents can also be reported on-line.

Resources - Racist Bullying

GATE - Gypsy and Traveller Equality

GATE is a forward moving group of Gypsies and Travellers working woards a brighter future by promoting understanding between them and the setled community.

GATE will attend your meeting or group event and answer questions on the travelling life.

If you would like to know more about GATE please contact:
Pauline Burton: 07434 713633 pauline.burton@leics.gov.uk
Kealey Sly: kealeysly@hotmail.co.uk


  • Throwing Stones

    Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council have been working in partnership to create an interactive anti racist bullying resource for schools. 'Throwing Stones' was originally a VHS resource consisting of a short film and resource pack. To bring it up to date, this has now been transformed into a website, making it more easily accessible.


See these other useful websites

  • Anti-Bullying Alliance Network
    National Children's Bureau
    Healthy Schools