The county counciil has been recognised as one of the country's leading local authorities for tackling LGBT bullying and celebrating difference in its schools.
The authority has been awarded gold Stonewall Children and Young Persons Service (CYPS) champion status - one of only five authorities to receive the recognition.
The award success is a brilliant boost for the council's Beyond Bullying team as it promotes Anti-Bullying Week, which starts today (11th November) and runs until Friday (15th November).
The message this year is 'Change Starts With Us' with the team also taking part in its associated Odd Socks Day tomorrow (12th November).
Ivan Ould, county council cabinet member for children and families, said the high ranking achieved is a sign of the continued hard work put in by the anti-bullying team.
This is a fantastic achievement and a testament to the work being done to promote diversity and equality in schools. With partners, we are leading the way in LGBT inclusionPerson:Ivan Ould, county council cabinet member for children and families
Stonewall is Britain’s leading lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity and the new CYPS Champion award replaces its Education Equality Index, in which the county council finished third, its highest-ever ranking.
As a Stonewall CYPS Champion, the council receives full access to Stonewall’s education resources which help tailor the support offered across its children and young people service.