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‘Faith toolkit’ to help schools better support LGBTQ young people

Release Date: 29 Feb 2016

New resource to give schools the tools to effectively tackle bullying.

Schools will get more support from Barnardo’s for their work helping LGBTQ [1] children and young people who are being bullied.

The toolkit will give schools and local communities the tools to effectively address homophobic, bi-phobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying, and support young people.

The resource includes views from all the major religions, as well as an information pack with background to the issue, advice sheets and personal stories from the LGBTQ community.

Barnardo’s Positive Identities Service [2] developed the toolkit with local schools, faith, gender and sexual orientation groups [3].

Sam Monaghan, Barnardo’s UK Director of Children's Services, said:

Being bullied is never acceptable and can deeply impact on a young people developing their identity.

This new resource is a tangible way to help schools and faith groups meet their duty to tackle identity-based bullying, so everyone feels respected and safe -- whatever their culture, race, religion or belief.

Manjinder Singh Sidhu, who contributed to the toolkit, said:

What I love about the toolkit is that Barnardo’s is actually working alongside schools, going into schools and talking about faith and sexuality, which are topics generally considered taboo and risky.

The different ways Barnardo’s is tackling the issue head on in classroom and online settings is profound.  Knowing that it will inspire, educate and save the lives of countless LGBT young people going through so much hardship in schools brings joy to my heart.

The toolkit will be available in a variety of ways – further information is available from Yasmeen Sharif, Children’s Services Manager on 07785 252603.


Notes to editors

This press release applies to the UK

Case study available for publication

[1] We use LGBTQ for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or young people who are questioning their sexuality.

[2] The toolkit was funded through a grant from the Department for Education and Government Equalities Office for the Homophobic Biphopic and Transphobic (HBT) Bullying Grant Programme. Barnardo's Positive Identities in Elland, Calderdale works together with schools, families and the community to provide support, information and education around issues faced by LGBTQ young people in Calderdale. They offer support and advice to families, a weekly youth group for LGBTQ young people and training workshops in schools and community groups.

[3] The following groups have supported the development of the toolkit in various ways including contributing views and stories for inclusion in the toolkit:

All Hallows Church, Leeds

British Muslim Youth


Equity Partnership

Hindu Cultural Society

Leicester Cathedral

LGBT Humanists




Rainbow Jews

Safra Project/UK Black Pride

Sinai Synagogue, Leeds

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