ISPCC supports new anti-bullying initiative

The ISPCC welcomes the imminent publication of the Department of Education’s new procedures for schools in relation to bullying which will help promote a consistent and proactive response to the concerns of bullying behaviours amongst children.

The ISPCC welcomes the imminent publication of the Department of Education’s new procedures for schools in relation to bullying which will help promote a consistent and proactive response to the concerns of bullying behaviours amongst children.

These procedures will require all schools to ensure their anti-bullying policy is reflective of the new procedures.

The ISPCC is making itself available to offer practical help and support to any school who wants to meet these guidelines.

This support takes the form of:

A free downloadable Anti-Bullying Toolkit

Follow up guidance from our National Anti-Bullying Co-ordinator

Assistance in developing anti-bullying policies

Anti-Bullying outreaches to teachers/students/parents

The ISPCC has long been campaigning against bullying and the expectations promoted by the Department of Education fit in ideally with the ISPCC’s Anti-bullying toolkit which is available free of charge for all schools. The toolkit is an evidence based document which assists schools in developing their Anti-bullying policies to be reflective of best practice, ensuring that any response to bullying behaviours is focused on positive, restorative practice. This toolkit is part of the ISPCC’s “Shield My School” campaign and is downloadable free of charge at www.ispcc.ie/antibullyingtoolkit in both Irish and English.

Andrew Jackson, National Anti-Bullying Co-Ordinator, today said: “The widespread issue of bullying is a serious concern and has dominated our attention recently. It is fitting that a response from the Department of Education focuses on clarifying the expectations and procedures for schools in response to this concerning behaviour and the ISPCC can assist schools in the implementation of these procedures.“

The ISPCC is here to help support schools and can offer further support through our National Anti-bullying Coordinator who can be contacted through head office on 01 6767960. Or for more information on the “Shield My School” Programme go to www.ispcc.ie