National Action Plan on School Bullying Launched

The Irish Government is creating a national database to track bullying in schools. This is a big deal because it hasn't been updated since 2013. The Education Minister, Norma Foley, wants to know what's going on with bullying in schools, so she's ensuring all schools upload their information to this database.

The plan covers all types of bullying, like cyberbullying, racism, gender identity bullying, and sexual harassment. It wants to ensure that teachers and school staff know how to prevent and deal with bullying. Schools will be evaluated on their anti-bullying procedures and whether they promote a positive and inclusive culture.

Schools Must Comply 

If schools don't follow the rules, the Inspectorate will step in and help them become compliant. Primary schools will also receive counselling support; larger primary schools will have a student support team.

This is good news for Schools around Ireland. We see many YSI Teams tackle bullying each year as part of their Social Innovation project. 

Read More About This New National Database Here.