Archbishop announces anti homophobic bullying measures

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is at a Lewisham school today to announce anti homophobic bullying measures in Church of England schools.

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More than half of young gay people experience bullying

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Research by Stonewall shows that more than half (55 per cent) of gay young people experience homophobic bullying.

The Lesbian Gay and Bisexual charity says that if homophobic bullying goes unchallenged, it can have severe negative consequences for young people.

It says three out of five gay young people say homophobic bullying affects their school work and many have skipped school because of it. Homophobic bullying also impacts on young people's self-esteem and ambitions.

Welby to Launch Homophobic Bullying Measures

The Archbishop of Canterbury wants children to be protected from homophobic bullying Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The Archbishop of Canterbury will be in Lewisham today to launch measures to tackle homophobic bullying in Church of England schools. Justin Welby recognises what he terms 'particular challenges in this area' and insists pupils must be protected.

The Archbishop explained that the guidance was about "challenging schools to strive towards a deeply accepting environment for all their pupils".

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