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Bullying Information for Parents and Students

What is bullying?

Bullying is defined in the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools as “unwanted negative behaviour, verbal, psychological or physical conducted by an individual or group against another person (or persons) and which is repeated over time”.   More information on the definition of bullying, types of bullying and the impact and indicators of bullying is available in Sections 2 and 3 of the procedures for schools.  

Who is responsible for dealing with bullying in schools?

The individual school is responsible for tackling bullying in schools.

New Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary schools were published in September 2013.  These procedures apply to all recognised primary and post-primary schools and to centres for education (as defined in the Education Act 1998) which are attended by pupils under the age of 18 years.  

School authorities and school personnel are required to adhere to these procedures in dealing with allegations and incidents of bullying.

For more information see Anti-Bullying Procedures in Schools

Where can I get information about bullying in schools?

The Anti-Bullying Procedures set out the requirements on schools in relation to preventing and dealing with bullying behaviour. There are also a number of bodies/groups that provide information and assistance in the area of bullying including the Anti-Bullying Centre at Dublin City University or the National Parents Council.

Watch Your Space is a website devoted to empowering and supporting young people as they take action to address bullying, in particular cyber bullying, in their local communities.

The website, which was developed by the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre (ABC) at Dublin City University, provides information, support and advice for students, teachers and parents on how to recognise and deal with bullying behaviour and allows teenagers to share experiences with their peers online.