Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum

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The NICVA Building, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, BT15 2GB
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028 9087 5006
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The Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum (NIABF) brings together 25 regional statutory and voluntary sector organisations all acting together to end bullying of children and young people in our schools and in our communities. Our Mission The Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum (NIABF) is working towards a society where children and young people can live free from bullying. Our Vision A society where bullying is unacceptable A culture where every child and young person is safe and feels safe from bullying Every child and young person is respected in their diversity A society with a preventative, responsive and restorative anti-bullying ethos A society where the views and contribution of children and young people are respected and they are valued participants Everyone has a role to play in taking a stand against bullying Our Aims :- Aim 1 To further develop the Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum as the lead inter-agency forum in the planning and implementation of a coordinated approach to all aspects of anti-bullying policy and practice. Aim 2 To promote the voices of children and young people as valued participants in NIABF policy and practice. Aim 3 To influence and support schools and others settings in the development of effective anti-bullying policy and practice. Aim 4 To inform and influence public policy, legislation and opinion in all matters relating to anti-bullying. For the NIABF Terms of Reference email Please note that while we recognise that bullying behaviour occurs in many aspects of life, affecting adults as well as children, the remit of NIABF extends only to the bullying of children and young people. The Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum (NIABF) defines bullying as the repeated use of power by one or more persons intentionally to hurt, harm or adversely affect the rights and needs of another or others. Bullying is a form of unacceptable behaviour, but not all unacceptable behaviour can be considered bullying. Bullying usually has three key elements: It is repeated behaviour that happens over a period of time It involves an imbalance of power It is intentionally hurtful behaviour All unacceptable behaviour must be challenged, whether it is bullying or not. There are many different ways that bullying behaviour can be displayed. This could include: Being called nasty names, teased, made fun of, threatened or put down Being hit, kicked, punched, tripped up or knocked over Having belongings stolen or damaged Having rumours or gossip spread about you or people talking about you behind your back Being left-out, excluded or isolated Being forced to do something you don’t want to do or know that is wrong Cyber Bullying Cyber bullying is bullying behaviour that is displayed through mobile/smart phones or the internet. This could include: Hurtful, embarrassing or threatening material posted online (eg. on social network websites) Nasty messages sent as texts, emails or other websites or apps Being excluded from an online game Fake profiles on a social network to make fun of others For more information, click here. Avoid Labels The term bullying is highly emotive, often causing great anxiety, fear and shame to both the children involved and their families. None of us wants to hear that our child has been bullying others, however if this is the case it is important that we concentrate our disapproval on the behaviour, not the child. For that reason, we should avoid using the word ‘bully’ to describe a child. To call a child a bully is to label the child, not his or her behaviour. It suggests that it is something that they are, as opposed to reflecting the unacceptable behaviour that they have engaged in. Our problem is not with the child, but rather with his or her behaviour. We must help them to understand why their behaviour is unacceptable, recognise the impact that it is having on another or others and support them to identify ways that they can rectify the situation. Resources We have a number of resources available for young people, parents and professionals. You can find them at
Available to Age Groups
Category of Services
  • Youth Services
Areas covered
  • All of N Ireland

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