Help for Teachers
The Department published new anti-bullying procedures for all primary and post primary schools at the beginning of the 2013/14 school year.
The procedures are designed to give direction and guidance to school authorities and school personnel in preventing and tackling school-based bullying behaviour amongst its pupils. They include specific requirements in relation to the use of prevention and education strategies and the consistent investigation, follow up and recording of bullying behaviour.
A very important element of the new procedures to help ensure greater transparency for parents and pupils is the requirement for schools to publish their anti-bullying policy on the school's website and to provide it to the parents association.
If a parent or a student tells you that they are concerned about bullying in your class/school you should immediately reassure them that you will do everything you can to address the situation.
Do not avoid using words like bullying and ensure that you help the victim to get closure by working towards an apology from the student who was bullying.
Sometimes teachers and schools think that by not naming bullying that they will minimise any negative effects however if bullying has occurred it should be named and addressed in a clear and transparent manner.
Bullying prevention should always take place within a whole school approach.
A whole school approach to bullying will involve:
School Leadership & Managing Change
Curriculum Planning for Teaching and Learning
School Ethos and Culture
Student Support Services
Partnership with Parents and Local Communities
If you are a teacher you are required to address bullying when it occurs in your classroom/school. The Department of Education and Skills Policies and Procedures provide guidance to teachers and schools on how to address bullying when it occurs.
There are a number of organisations which can provide you with further support.
- The Psychological Society of Ireland can help you find a local counsellor to you by clicking here.
- The National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre can provide you with support and guidance.
- BeLong To - The National Organisation providing support to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) youth and their families in Ireland.
- TENI - The Transgender Equality Network who provide support to the Transgender citizens in Ireland.
- The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) - Log onto Childline to chat, Freecall 1800-66-66-66 or Text "Talk" to 50101 for Free.
- Pieta House can provide support to parents and teens who experience suicidal thoughts.
- Jigsaw provide support to stress or worried teens.
- Samaritans operate a phone service for parents and teens.
- Bodywhys provide support for teens with eating disorders
- Better Internet for Kids - The European Commission website to create a better internet for children and young people.
- Facebook Bullying Prevention Hub for Educators - Advice for educators who have pupils who are involved in bullying online.
- Webwise - The Irish Internet Safety Awareness Centre provides great support and information to stay safe online.