Identity Based Bullying in Schools and Early Years Settings

Bullying can be identified as identity based if the perception is that it is based upon a protected characteristic which includes:

  • disability
  • race or ethnicity
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation
  • transgender identity

Bullying can encompass a variety of behaviours. These can be categorised in the following ways:

1. Verbal, such as name-calling, teasing, threatening.

2. Physical, such as hitting, punching, kicking, inappropriate touching.

3. Relational, such as ignoring, leaving out, spreading rumours.

4. Indirect, such as stealing, damaging belongings, targeted graffiti.

5. Cyberbullying, that is victimisation or harassment carried out through electronic forms of communication e.g. social networking sites, email, text messages etc

When should you report an incident of identity based bullying?

An incident report form must be completed by the school if the incident is deemed serious enough to notify the parents. It is up to the individual school if they wish to complete a report form in all instances.

This form is for information gathering purposes only and is not a mechanism for reporting Hate Crime to authorities.

To find out how to report a Hate Crime, please visit our Hate Crime page or contact the Community Safety Team by emailing hate.crime@n-somerset.gov.uk or calling 01934 426752.

Guidance for Early Years and Childcare settings

North Somerset Council’s Early Years Team have provided guidance to support early years and childcare settings in North Somerset respond to Prejudice Related Incidents in a confident and robust way.