Historical Policy Document Links
Homophobia and bullying
Harassment and Bullying – ‘Dear colleague letter’ from Office of Civil Rights, US Department of Education 2010
“I encourage you to reevaluate the policies and practices your school uses to address bullying and harassment to ensure that they comply with the mandates of the federal civil rights laws… I look forward to continuing our work together to ensure equal access to education, and to promote safe and respectful school climates for America’s students…”
Tackling Homophobic Hate Crime – CrimeReduction.gov.uk
Communities and Local Government – Guidance on new measures to outlaw discrimination on grounds of religion or belief in the provision of goods, facilities and services – Part 2 Equality Act 2006 (PDF)
The religion or belief provisions of Part 2 prohibit discrimination on grounds of religion or belief (or lack of religion or belief) in the provision of goods, facilities and services, in education, in the use and disposal of premises, and in the exercise of public functions. The religion or belief provisions of Part 2 do not deal with employment. Nor do they make specific provision to cover harassment.
Communities and Local Government – Guidance on new measures to outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation – Part 3 Equality Act Regulations 2007 (PDF)
Outlaws discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in the provision of goods, facilities, services, education, the disposal and management of premises and in the exercise of public functions. The guidance sets out the effect of the law and the exemptions provided.
Consultations & Guidance
LGBT Equality at Work – TUC Advice for trade union negotiators – Revised edition 2011
Researching and monitoring adolescence and sexual orientation: Asking the right questions, at the right time – Equality and Human Rights Commission Publication – December 2010
Elizabeth McDermott, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York
Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) and the Association of Colleges (AoC) Consultation on Community Cohesion – April 2008
The document sets out five key objectives for providers in promoting a cohesive society and tackling extremism and practical steps to achieve them.
UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award
One of the greatest challenges that schools face is to define a clear set of values – not just rules – that has been developed with the full involvement of the school community and is actively upheld by pupils. UNICEF UK’s RRSA initiative helps schools to use the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) as the values framework that enables this to be achieved.
Equality and Human Rights Commission Sectoral Guidance
On this page you can find the non-statutory sectoral guidance that has been developed to supplement the Codes of Practice. The guidance is set out for different sectors such as health, education, local government and criminal justice and offers practical and helpful ways on meeting the duties.
Sexuality – The New Agenda Revised April 2007 (PDF)
A guide for local authorities on engaging with lesbian, gay and bisexual communities.
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