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New Anti-bullying Initiatives for Schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 16/04/2024. New Anti-bullying Initiatives for SchoolsTags: Education And Politics Teachers

Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has announced new initiatives to progress work on addressing bullying in schools from September 2024, as part of the Department of Education’s Cineáltas: Action Plan on Bullying. These will include the roll-out of new anti-bullying modules in primary and post-primary schools and the hosting of a Cineáltas showcase event.

The modules have been created by the Anti-Bullying Centre in DCU and build on the existing FUSE programme which addresses bullying-related topics including noticing, responding and reporting bullying, building bystander confidence and dealing with cyberbullying and online conflict. Currently 440 primary and 570 post-primary schools are delivering the FUSE anti-bullying programme which is funded by the Department of Education and has been available to all schools since 2023.

The new modules include a new first year resource which supports students in their transition from primary to post-primary, addressing bullying-related topics such as new spaces and places, new technology and new friendships and relationships both off and online.

Minister Foley has also announced that a Cineáltas showcase and awards event will be held this September to celebrate the good work school communities are doing to prevent and address bullying behaviour and promote equality, inclusion, diversity and wellbeing.

This event will include an awards ceremony to recognise individuals or groups within school communities, who, through their personal leadership, participation, or achievements, have made an outstanding contribution to preventing and addressing bullying and promoting equality, inclusion, diversity and wellbeing in their school community.

School communities will be invited to submit their nominations for the awards ceremony during the month of May.

As part of the Cinéaltas plan, work is well underway to update the anti-bullying procedures for primary and post-primary schools which were published in 2013. The updated procedures will provide guidance as to when an incident of bullying becomes a Child Protection Concern, will ensure appropriate oversight at school level, and will ensure that a school’s anti-bullying policy is developed and reviewed in consultation with the whole school community. It is intended that the procedures will be published in the coming months.

Another commitment in Cineáltas is to develop a national database to facilitate data collection on bullying behaviour, on an anonymous basis. This will be used to inform a national annual report on bullying in schools which can then be used to inform provision of continuous professional development for staff, research and anti-bullying programmes. Work on this important action has commenced.


Cineáltas: Action Plan on Bullying is the Department of Education’s whole-education approach to preventing and addressing bullying in schools.

Cineáltas is dedicated to the prevention and addressing of bullying, cyber bullying, racist bullying, gender identity bullying and sexual harassment, among other areas, in schools.

Implementation of Cineáltas commenced in 2023, with a number of the 61 actions already implemented.

Cineáltas Action Plan on Bullying and its implementation plan can be found here .

The categories for the Cineáltas awards are as follows:

Student Leadership Award

Recognising an individual student or a group of students who have shown exceptional leadership in preventing and addressing bullying, promoting equality, inclusion, diversity, and/or wellbeing within their school community.

Staff Leadership Award

Acknowledging a teacher or staff member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and dedication to creating a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment for all students, actively working to prevent bullying and promote diversity and inclusion.

Innovative Initiative Award

Celebrating a specific project, or initiative implemented within the school community that has shown creativity, effectiveness, and sustainability in addressing bullying, promoting equality, inclusion, diversity, or wellbeing.

Community Partnership Award

Recognising collaboration between the school and external organizations, such as local community groups or charities that have contributed significantly to preventing bullying and promoting equality, inclusion, diversity, or wellbeing within the school community.

Student Voice Empowerment Award

Highlighting a school that has effectively incorporated student input and perspectives into their efforts to prevent and address bullying. This award acknowledges schools that prioritise and value student voices in decision-making processes related to bullying prevention and inclusion initiatives.



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