April 15, 2024

New practice paper: Does labelling racism as bullying perpetuate a colour-blind approach when working with culturally diverse families?

Bullying and racism are two distinct yet interconnected issues that impact children’s mental health, development and overall wellbeing. Children from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities often experience both bullying and racism. Understanding their similarities and distinctions, and employing effective responses is fundamental for creating a safe and inclusive environment for children.


This paper explores the complexities of racism, emphasising its distinction from bullying and highlighting the profound effects it has on marginalised communities. Practitioners who take a culturally curious approach and practise cultural humility can help children and their families to challenge some of the unhelpful assumptions caused by bullying and racism.

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