Course 15: All Different, All Equal - Preventing and Responding to Appearance Targeted Bullying


Audience for this training: school staff and practitioners who work with children and young people

Learning outcomes: To understand what appearance targeted bullying is and what our society does to influence it; To know ways of preventing appearance targeted bullying and creating an inclusive culture; To know how best to respond when appearance targeted bullying occurs.


This course will give you a good understanding of what appearance targeted bullying is, its impact and ways to prevent and respond to incidents of appearance-targeted bullying. It takes approximately 45 - 60 minutes to complete.

You will be asked to complete a survey after the course and will receive a certificate upon completion. Your CPD certificate will remain in the ‘My trainings’ section of the e-learning platform and you can click on the pink tick to download it at any time.

*Please note: all lessons must be completed in order to download your certificate. The menu on the left will track your progress through the course.

On completion of this course, participants will have a greater understanding of:

  • The ABA definition of appearance targeted bullying
  • The impact of appearance targeted bullying
  • The groups of children more vulnerable to appearance targeted bullying
  • The influence society has on appearance targeted bullying
  • Lookism
  • Strategies to prevent appearance targeted bullying
  • Reporting and recording appearance targeted bullying incidents

We would like to say a special thank you to the following individuals and organisations who helped in the creation of this training course:

  • Dr. Martens Foundation
  • Professor Heather Widdows
  • Changing Faces
  • Our 2022 Young ABA members
  • The United Against Bullying schools who took part in our focus group

If you’d like to learn more about ways of preventing and responding to bullying, there are plenty of resources and training opportunities on the ABA website: