Identify and respond to students’ need for additional support
The Safe@School teacher training module on bullying prevention stresses the importance of following up with students after a bullying incident (see Problem-Solving). When students are targeted by racism, sexism and homophobia, they may need additional support. Teachers can play an important role by building a bridge between the student and specialized supportive resources in the school or community.
Some examples of specialized support services in the community are:
- Help lines offering supportive listening for particular groups, including:
- Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
- Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line: 1-800-268-9688
- Assaulted Women’s Help Line (Ontario): 1-866-863-0511 (offers services to women and girls aged 16 years and over)
- Specialized community-based agencies (e.g. sexual assault centres), or social service agencies (such as community health centres) with specialized programs for LGBTQ youth, young women and youth from racialized groups. Many help lines can offer referrals to local social service agencies.
When faced with a student who has experienced racism, sexism or homophobia and who is in need of support, it is important to acknowledge our limits and comfort level in deciding how we will respond. Nonetheless, teachers can ensure that students get the help they need by using available support services.