November 18, 2015 by johnston00
The Programme for Government includes a commitment “to encourage schools to develop anti-bullying policies and, in particular strategies to combat homophobic bullying to support students”.
In January 2013 the then Minister for Children and Minister for Education and Skills published an “Action Plan on Bullying”. The plan sets out twelve actions to help prevent and tackle bullying in schools. The actions focus on support for schools, teacher training, research and awareness raising and aim to ensure that all forms of bullying are addressed.
Implementation of the actions in the Plan is ongoing and good progress has been made in a number of areas.
New National Anti-Bullying Procedures for schools, which were published in September 2013, are currently being implemented by all 4,000 primary and post primary schools in the country. Training materials for parents, teachers and Boards of Management are being developed and rolled out and research into different types of bullying behaviour has been published.
The Department of Education and Skills also supports a number of anti-bullying initiatives including the Europe-wide Safer-Internet day and the Stand Up! Against Homophobic and Transphobic bullying campaign, organised by BeLongTo. Funding is also provided to the internet safety initiative, Webwise, which has launched the “UP2US” and “My Selfie and the wider world” resources to help to tackle cyberbullying.
The launch of the national anti-bullying website is part of the final phase of implementation of actions in the Plan.
The national anti-bullying website is available at www.tacklebullying.ie