Young Person's Survey
Bullying is a complex, multi-facetted problem which can be found,
in varying degrees, in almost every school in the world. It has the
capacity not only to adversely affect the education of children who
experience bullying, but to cause serious mental and emotional
damage which its victims may carry with them into their adult lives.
No child should have to live with this. Bullying behaviour, in any of
the many forms in which it can manifest, is always unacceptable
and must be challenged wherever it is encountered.
2. On 23rd June 2014 the Minister for Education (The Minister)
announced in the Assembly his intention to bring forward new
legislation, within the remaining Assembly mandate, to help tackle
the problem of bullying in our schools.
3. This commitment was made on the basis of both research
evidence and a review of current anti-bullying policies and practice
within our schools undertaken by the Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying
Forum (NIABF), a grouping which brings together 25 statutory and
non-statutory organisations working to tackle bullying. Annex A
details the member organisations of NIABF. Annex B outlines the
main NIABF review findings and recommendations.
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