Coonan welcomes school anti-bullying procedures

Deputy Noel Coonan has welcomed new anti-bullying procedures to be adopted and implemented by 4,000 primary and post-primary schools.

Deputy Noel Coonan has welcomed new anti-bullying procedures to be adopted and implemented by 4,000 primary and post-primary schools.

He said these procedures have been developed following consultation with the relevant education partners and replace guidelines that were issued to schools in 1993.

“This is welcome news for Tipperary families and teaching staff and includes clear procedures for investigating, recording and dealing with bullying,” he said.

“These procedures replace 20-year-old guidelines and form part of the implementation of the Action Plan on Bullying that was published in January 2013. Schools will be required to publish their anti-bullying policy on the school’s website and give it to the parents association,” said Deputy Coonan.

The new procedures and the associated Department Circular 0045/13 are now published on the Department’s website at www.education.ie