Combatting homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools through family engagement: A practice example from the RAINBOW HAS UK project

Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Christine Cocker, Peter Ryan, Mary Martin, Rosalind Scott, Sarah Carr

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This chapter focuses on some of the findings from a large European project to illustrate how there is a need for much closer collaboration, communication and engagement across those working with situations involving homophobic/transphobic bullying. It discusses the implications for social work where there is tendency for silence on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues. The chapter looks at the context for the English in-country research. It summarises some of the key findings from the biblio-sitography of the UK context and refers to some of the specific themes from the English data as a result of 'Rights through alliances: Innovating and networking both within homes and schools' (RAINBOW-HAS). The chapter provides a short case study on our experience of developing and implementing a family and student led intervention within two secondary schools in an effort to demonstrate some leadership in acknowledging, recognising and responding to this specific form of bullying.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSexuality, Sexual and Gender Identities and Intimacy Research in Social Work and Social Care
Subtitle of host publicationA Lifecourse Epistemology
EditorsPriscilla Dunk-West, Trish Hafford-Letchfield
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781315398785
ISBN (Print)9781138225879
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2018

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