Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (207)

John O'Mahony

Question:

207. Deputy John O'Mahony asked the Minister for Education and Skills when it is proposed to launch his anti-bullying campaign for schools; the proposed budget for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11437/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

On Tuesday 29th of January Minister Fitzgerald and I published the Action Plan on Bullying which sets out twelve actions to help prevent and tackle bullying in primary and second level schools. I have ring-fenced €500,000 to support implementation of these actions this year. Officials from my Department have already commenced work on the implementation of the actions. In particular, an awareness raising initiative on cyber bullying targeted at young people is already underway and the Department is supporting the Stand Up! Awareness Week Against Homophobic & Transphobic Bullying in second level schools in March. Work will continue on implementing the Action Plan on Bullying in the coming months.