Anti-Bullying Forum

An Anti-Bullying Forum took place on the 17th of May, 2012 at the Department of Education and Skills, to explore ways to tackle the problem of bullying in schools.

The holding of this major forum co-incided with International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, the theme of which was homophobic bullying in 2012.

The Forum brought together a range of experts, support groups and representatives of the schools sector including parents and students. The Forum considered what changes to existing practices and policies in schools may be needed in order to effectively tackle bullying.

The anti-bullying forum was webcast live on the 17th of May, 2012 and proceedings can be viewed using the links below.

More than 100 stakeholders including representatives of student, parent and school management groups, teacher unions, support groups for victims of bullying, rights activists and bullying experts attended the forum. 

Alongside the Forum, the then Minister Ruairí Quinn established a Working Group on tackling bullying, including homophobic bullying, cyber bullying and racist bullying. The outcomes and recommendations from the Forum’s work assisted the Working Group in its deliberations. A new Action Plan on Bullying was launched on 29th January 2013 by the then Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D. and the then Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald T.D.  

Members of the public could make submissions by email to the Department at up to the 29th June 2012.


Press Releases



  • Minister Ruairí Quinn Video
  • Inspectorate and SPHE Support Services Video / Text
  • Anti Bullying Centre Trinity College Dublin Video / Text


  • National Anti Bullying Coalition (NABC) Video / Text
  • National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) Video / Text
  • National Parents Council (NPC) Video / Text
  • Irish Secondary Students Union Video / Text



  • BeLonG To Youth Services and GLEN Gay and Lesbian Equality Network Video /Text
  • Department of Education Northern Ireland Video / Text
  • Stakeholder Discussion Video
  • Minister Frances Fitzgerald Video



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