LGBT equality charity Stonewall lists the County Council as fourth in its Education Equality Index 2016.

Cambridgeshire has been ranked in the top 10 authorities in the Index since its inception in 2011 and has been a member of Stonewall's Education Champions Programme since it started in 2008. As part of the programme, local authorities work with Stonewall to establish ways of tackling HBT bullying.

Cambridgeshire's submission for the award was led by CREDS (Cambridgeshire Race Equality and Diversity Service) in partnership with SexYOUality "“ a Cambridgeshire charity that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people.

They were required to submit evidence of the work they had done with schools and youth groups on training and educating young people to tackle and overcome HBT behaviour.

Cllr Joan Whitehead, Chair of Cambridgeshire County Council's Children and Young People's Committee said: "Cambridgeshire County Council regards the prevention and tackling of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying to be an essential component of our work with children and young people.

"We have worked in close partnership with local LGBT charity SexYOUality to this end over a number of years and together we are committed to making every school in the county a safe place for all pupils to learn "“ irrespective of their gender identity or sexuality. I passionately believe that with education, dedication and determination, we can create a safe and inclusive learning environment for all young people."

Cllr Ed Cearns, a leading councillor on the County Council's Diversity Group who will be attending the Stonewall conference, added: "I am delighted that we have come fourth in the Stonewall Education Equality Index. This is testimony to the dedication of officers, members and a rainbow of partners to ensure that we all create a better tomorrow, today." 


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