Background

It is natural to notice the things that make us each different from each other – whether it is our hair colour, ethnicity, height or gender. However, when people are treated disfavourably because of something that makes them perceived to be different, it can lead to discrimination or prejudice based bullying.

Our communities, schools, youth groups and sports groups are enriched by diversity and by celebrating our differences we can help create cultures where every young person feels valued and respected.

We all have a role to play, and as part of this next stage of the #ChooseRespect campaign, new resources have been developed in partnership with expert organisations to help you unpack the idea of celebrating difference with the young people you work with. They do this by focusing on some important issues for young people like racist bullying, appearance-related bullying and LGBT activism.