Addressing Bullying in Schools Act 2016

The Addressing Bullying in Schools Act (NI) 2016 was granted Royal Assent in May 2016. 

The Act creates the following statutory duties on grant-aided schools :

  • Schools must comply with  the legislative definition
  • Schools must have an anti-bullying policy with preventative measures updated at intervals of no more than 4 years*
  • The Governors must ensure the Anti-Bullying policy is properly implemented and preventative measures kept under review so that it is fit for purpose
  • Schools must engage with pupils, parents/carers and the school community when developing and reviewing the anti-bullying policy
  • Schools must record incidents of bullying and alleged bullying behaviours including the motivation, method and how each incident was addressed together with the outcomes
Last updated: 19/01/2022