NI: Anti-bullying law to take effect from September 2021

NI: Anti-bullying law to take effect from September 2021

Peter Weir

Legislation providing a legal definition of bullying and requiring schools to record incidents of bullying will finally be brought into effect in September.

The Addressing Bullying in Schools Act (NI) 2016, which was passed with the support of all political parties, will commence from 1 September 2021, more than five years after it received royal assent, Education Minister Peter Weir confirmed today.

As well as introducing a legal definition and a new recording requirement, the legislation will also require Boards of Governors to take direct responsibility for developing and monitoring the effectiveness of anti-bullying policy and practice within schools.

Mr Weir said: “Bullying is a complex issue with no single, easy solution however, we all have a part to play in creating a society and an education system in which bullying behaviour is always challenged and dealt with effectively, as soon as it rears its head.

“Schools must be welcoming places and therefore issues such as bullying must be dealt with to ensure that all young people enjoy their school days and make the most of their time there to ensure they reach their full potential.”

Share icon
Share this article: