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Schools 'required by law' to have an anti-bullying policy

Published: 25 Oct 2012 16:30

THE Department of Education has said that bullying, in whatever form and for whatever reason, "has no place in schools".

John O'Dowd.

THE Department of Education has said that bullying, in whatever form and for whatever reason, "has no place in schools".

All grant-aided schools are "required by law" to have an anti-bullying policy which includes measures to prevent all forms of bullying among pupils and each school can determine, in consultation with pupils and parents, the detail of their policy.

"The Department has produced guidance for schools in developing effective anti-bullying policies which includes practical initiatives and case studies to support schools to tackle bullying," said a spokesperson, in a statement to impartialreporter.com.

There has been much discussion around the subject of bullying in recent days following the tragic death of 15-year-old schoolboy Joshua Gallagher from Enniskillen.

Friends of the teenager who was found dead at his home last week took to Facebook and Twitter following his death claiming that he had been the victim of bullying.

In today's Impartial Reporter the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People says more work is needed if schools are to tackle the problem of bulling.

Patricia Lewsley-Mooney said: "In order to address bullying effectively and to stop these tragic cases, the Department of Education needs to implement a standardised and systematic approach to anti-bullying strategies across all schools in Northern Ireland where policies are required to be implemented and reported on."

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