Church of England publishes guidance for schools on homophobic, bi-phobic, transphobic bullying

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Church of England has today published revised guidance to help its 4,700 schools tackle homophobic, bi-phobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying. The Church said that the guidance will help prevent children in its schools “having their self-worth diminished or their ability to achieve impeded by being bullied because of their perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity.” It is an updated version of 2014 guidance, Valuing All God’s Children, which tackled homophobic behavior. The update covers a wider range of negative behaviors, and incorporates the relevant legal and inspection frameworks and reflects the Church’s vision for education, whose four elements of wisdom, hope, community and dignity form the theological basis of the guidance.

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