Anti-bullying work in Sheffield wins recognition

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Sheffield Council has received national recognition for the fourth year in a row for its work to tackle homophobic bullying throughout the city.

Gay equality charity Stonewall has ranked the council seventh in the top 10 local authorities in Britain.

Stonewall recognised the work the council has been carrying out with partners to set up a group to work with schools, colleges and universities to stamp out the bullying of gay youngsters. Councillor Jackie Drayton, Sheffield Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: “Congratulations to the co-ordinating group and all the schools involved. This helps send a strong message out – that homophobic bullying is not welcome in Sheffield or in any of our schools.

“I passionately believe no one has the right to bully anyone else and especially not over their sexuality. I am proud Sheffield has been named as one of the best for tackling this hurtful, intimidating and totally unnecessary behaviour.

“Homophobic bullying has a profound effect.”