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Anti-Bullying Week: guest blog by Karen Cooke, Chair of Enfys, the LGBT Staff Network

19 November 2014

Each and every one of us – individuals and organisations – have a responsibility to ensure that we live, work and study in an environment where bullying and harassment is completely unacceptable.  We know that the abusive language children learn in the playground stays with them into adulthood. This week marks Anti-Bullying Week and we are encouraging all staff to check their own language, and pledge not to be a bystander whenever they hear inappropriate comments from others.

To support the importance of this work Stonewall have launched a campaign called No Bystanders and are encouraging everyone to sign the pledge to report any kind of bullying behaviour if they witness or experience it.  To highlight the importance of this message Stonewall have commissioned a short video to show how easily prejudice and bullying can escalate from playground teasing to grown-up violence:


In support of the campaign Stonewall co-founder Sir Ian McKellen, who also lends his voice to the film, said: ‘Abuse ruins people’s lives. We all have a responsibility to take a stand and put a stop to it. By making sure that bullying is reported and prejudice is challenged, we can help ensure that every person in Britain lives free from fear of persecution and violence.’

You can sign the pledge here.